The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108
Lot 358
The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108
Sold for £ 28,750 (US$ 37,815) inc. premium

Lot Details
The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108 The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop, 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RC30-2000114 Engine no. RC30E-2100108
The ex-Honda Britain, Brian Morrison, Steve Hislop
1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. RC30-2000114
Engine no. RC30E-2100108
• In-period Isle of Man TT and Macau Grand Prix racing history
• 1989 Macau GP livery
• Paraded frequently in recent years

One of the modern era's few immediately collectible classics, the Honda VFR750R - better known as the 'RC30' - was created for just one reason: to win the World Superbike Championship, a feat it achieved in the nascent series' first two seasons of 1988 and '89. And while American Fred Merkel was bringing Honda its first two WSB crowns, Britain's Carl Fogarty used an RC30 to win the TT F1 World Championship in 1988 and '89, and the equivalent FIM Cup in 1990. No mere short circuit scratcher, the RC30 and its derivatives proved durable enough to win a hat-full of Endurance Classics too. That this latter requirement was also part of the design brief may be determined from the fact that a quick-release front fork and single-sided swinging arm - essential for speedy wheel changes - were part of an unrivalled specification that included a twin-spar alloy beam frame, 16-valve V4 engine with gear-driven cams, close-ratio six-speed gearbox and four-pot front brake callipers. Indeed, so good was the basic RC30 that well prepared privately entered examples were often able to give the works entries a run for their money.

This particular RC30 comes with a letter of authentication dated 13th September 1990 from Honda dealership Hartwells of Abingdon Ltd stating that it was acquired 'by us direct from Honda Britain Race Shop and that it was campaigned very successfully in the 89 season by Brian Morrison as a full Honda Works Machine'. This letter goes on to state that Steve Hislop had ridden it to 3rd place in the 1989 Macau Grand Prix, and that it is believed to be the bike that Brian Morrison broke the absolute track record at the 1989 TT. Morison's results at the '89 TT were 2nd in the Formula 1 race, 5th in the Production 750, and 5th in the Supersport (600) event.

Presented in first class condition, the RC30 is in the colours used by Steve Hislop at Macau in '89 and has his name on the screen. Since acquisition by the current vendor the Honda has been paraded many times at various events on the Continent and also at the Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix, etc.

Road going Honda RC30s have been achieving strong prices in the salesrooms recently, reflecting the model's iconic status. Genuine racing RC30s are much less frequently encountered, a state of affairs that makes this ex-Honda Britain example, ridden by two of the top road-circuit specialists of the day and with Isle of Man TT and Macau GP history, all the more collectible.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
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