In the build-up to the Devitt MCN Ally Pally Show, MCN are running a week of special bikes of the day, exploring some of the best motorcycles going under the hammer at the event’s auction, hosted by Bonhams.
With 74 mouth-watering classics available, we thought we would kick things off with one of the rarest and most interesting machines of the lot.
Built in 1969, this early Honda CB750 is one of only around 1000 machines fitted with gravity cast crankcases, which are sometimes incorrectly referred to as sandcast.
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These machines were mostly hand-built in California, as Honda wanted to test the market for the first superbike. This example has been meticulously restored and is showing just 11,299 recorded miles, with a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000.
Alongside this, the CB was also the bike responsible for effectively ending the British motorcycle industry of the time, as it was so far ahead of anything manufacturers like BSA could produce. It was the first production bike with a disc brake and also had an electric start.
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