1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516

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Lot 192
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast'
Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516

US$ 40,000 - 45,000
£ 30,000 - 34,000
Amended
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast'
Frame no. CB750-1000565
Engine no. CB750E-1000516
• Landmark model
• Rare 'Sandcast' example

Fifty years on, it is hard to imagine the impact the Honda CB 750 had on the motorcycling world when it was unveiled to a stunned public at the Tokyo Show in October 1968. True, there had been plenty of 4-cylinder motorcycles before, and built outside Japan, but these had been made in relatively small numbers and aimed at the wealthy few. Here for the first time was a mass-produced four within the financial reach of the average enthusiast, and one whose specification - overhead camshaft, disc front brake, 5-speed gearbox, electric starter, etc. made the opposition look obsolete overnight. A trend-setting design of immense significance and one of the truly great classic motorcycles, the CB 750 is highly sought after by collectors, especially the very early ones.

The Honda CB 750 made its United States debut at Las Vegas in January 1969 and was first shown to the UK public at the Brighton Show in April the same year, having been sampled by the motorcycling press at Brands Hatch a few days previously. Deliveries were slow to arrive, but Motorcycle Sport was fortunate enough to ride a CB 750 around the Isle of Man TT course during the summer, as reported in its August 1969 edition. By the time the first batches began to arrive in Honda's export markets over the winter of 1969/1970, a revised version had been produced by the Japanese factory, known retrospectively as the 'K0'. The 'new' units differed mainly by virtue of their pressure die-cast crankcases, this casting method being better suited to mass production than the gravity-casting process, often mistakenly described as sand casting, used for the earlier, low-production-run machines completed prior to September 1969.

This first big Honda, if nothing else, injected painless reliability into motorcycling there to stay forever more, witness: 'Hondas started electrically, the innovation derided by many but which no one could resist. Yes, kick-starting was great theater, but it didn't always end well. After the 20th exhausting but manly stab at the lever, onlookers began to drift away. Why not just hit the button and go?' And as Cycle World's favorite wordsmith, Peter Egan, once noted, '"He's out there somewhere, on a Triumph" was possible cause for concern. It summoned up "men in peril upon the sea." But substitute "Honda" for "Triumph" and you knew any adventure was up to the rider.'

A rare 'gravity cast' model, this gorgeous Candy Ruby Red example is surely a fine addition to someone's collection as these models are becoming rarer with time.

Footnotes

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Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this bike is titled under the model year 1970 and the title will be in transit.
Contacts
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1000565 Engine no. CB750E-1000516
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