1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1006725 Engine no. CB750E-1006839

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Lot 193
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast'
Frame no. CB750-1006725 Engine no. CB750E-1006839

Sold for US$ 36,800 inc. premium
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast'
Frame no. CB750-1006725
Engine no. CB750E-1006839
• Landmark model
• Rare 'Sandcast' example

Fifty-plus years on, it is hard to imagine the impact the Honda CB 750 had on motorcycling artound the 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, but these had been built 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 – single overhead camshaft, disc front brake, 5-speed gearbox, electric starter, etc. made the opposition look obsolete overnight. And darn handsome, too, dressed in bright candy colors... if nothing else, those colors were a shock.

Bike magazine summed up Honda's achievement thus: 'Like BSA/Triumph's parallel twin and Ducati's desmodromic single, the Honda inline four is one of those engines which created a standard out of an ideal. The list of Honda's technical achievements is impressive but the appearance of a production four-barrel roadster at a Mr Everyman price was probably their greatest coup.' A trend-setting design of immense significance and one of the truly great classic motorcycles, the CB 750 is highly sought after today by collectors.

These early CB 750s used gravity diecasting for their crankcases – this one carries engine number 6839 and so falls near the end of that early run which went to just over 7,000. 'The early engine cases, which were made prior to the completion of production casting dies, were actually cast using what is correctly called permanent mold casting which uses metal casting molds not sand. It is the gravity casting method and the molds that results in a rough finish to the part.' So says The SOHC/4 Owners Club.

The CB 750's SOHC engine has a cubic capacity of 736 cc which with four carburetors has a quoted power output of 67 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, unheard of rpms at that time, and 44 Ib-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. Its dry weight is 481 pounds. A 5-speed gearbox – again unusual for 1969 – enabled a top speed out-of-the-box of about 126 mph with acceleration to match. Honda produced 53,400 of the K0 CB 750s into 1970 but only a tad over 7,000 of the earliest gravity cast machines.

This early machine is spectacular and an increasingly rare find. Don't miss the opportunity.

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.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the frame number is CB7501006723, and the machine is titled under the model year 1970. The title is in transit.
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1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1006725 Engine no. CB750E-1006839
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1006725 Engine no. CB750E-1006839
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1006725 Engine no. CB750E-1006839
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1006725 Engine no. CB750E-1006839
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1006725 Engine no. CB750E-1006839
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1006725 Engine no. CB750E-1006839
1969 Honda CB750 'Sand-Cast' Frame no. CB750-1006725 Engine no. CB750E-1006839
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