Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177

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Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177

Sold for £ 47,150 (US$ 59,357) inc. premium
Unused and effectively 'as new'
c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Frame no. RC30 2000142
Engine no. RC30E 2000177
• Rare WSB 'homologation special'
• 2 'push' kilometres only
• Offered from a prominent Danish private collection

'Riding the RC30 on the road is like riding no other mass-produced motorcycle... Call the VFR750R what you will, but don't call it a race-replica. This is a racer, full stop. Afterthoughts like indicators, ignition lock and a street-legal pipe should not be allowed to suggest otherwise.' - Bike magazine.

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. Perhaps surprisingly, Honda chose not to field a full factory effort in WSB, being content to supply the RC30 to private teams. Nevertheless, despite this cautious approach, Honda were soon reaping the rewards courtesy of the Rumi team's American rider, Fred Merkel.

Like most of the other RC30 runners, Rumi experienced reliability problems initially. Nevertheless, Merkel's consistency was rewarded with a win in Hungary and points at every round except super-fast Hockenheim where the Hondas were outclassed by the fuel-injected Bimotas and Ducatis. By the final round, held at New Zealand's Manfield Park, the championship had boiled down to a three-horse race between Merkel, Davide Tardozzi (Bimota) and Fabrizio Pirovano (Yamaha). Keeping his nerve in wet conditions, Merkel won the first race and finished 5th in the second to become superbike racing's first World Champion.

Fred Merkel brought Honda a second WSB title the following year, while Britain's Carl Fogarty used an RC30 to win the TT Formula 1 World Championship in 1988 and '89, and the equivalent FIM Cup in 1990. No mere short circuit scratcher, the RC30 and its RC45 derivative 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. All of which did not come cheap: at the time of its launch in 1988 an RC30 cost £8,499, getting on for double the cost of other super-sports 750s. Although the passage of time and progress of motorcycle technology means that the RC30 is no longer a match for the latest generation of sports bikes, it possesses an exclusivity that none of them can approach. 'No other bike from the late-Eighties is lusted after like the RC30,' declared Bike, and few would disagree.

This RC30 was purchased from an Irish collector in April 2007 and since then has formed part of three prominent private collections in Denmark. Offered for sale from the third of these Danish collections, it comes with copies of the 2007 Sales Agreement and an Irish customs document.
Please note this Lot is subject to VAT at 20% on the hammer price (denoted by NMT in the catalogue) in accordance with HMRC's NOVA Scheme.

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  • Please note, this lot is subject to VAT at 20% on the hammer price (denoted by NMT in the catalogue) in accordance with HMRC's NOVA Scheme: Motor vehicle lots marked "NMT" in the catalogue originate from or are registered in another EU member state and have travelled less than 6,000km from new. Accordingly HMRC and the DVLA classify such machines as 'New Means of Transport' under the Nova Scheme and are subject to VAT at 20% on the hammer price
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Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
Unused and effectively 'as new',c.1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2000142 Engine no. RC30E 2000177
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