Honda Motorcycles CR 750
Engine numberCB750E 2426069
Property of a deceased's estate
c.1975 Honda CR750 Replica Racing Motorcycle
Engine no. CB750E 2426069
The coming of Formula 750 in the early 1970s produced some of that decade's most exciting motorcycle racing, as the world's top riders battled for supremacy on works bikes from Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Norton and BSA-Triumph. The most prestigious race in the calendar was the Daytona 200, the 1970 event being a straightforward confrontation between works entries from BSA-Triumph and Honda, whose team of race-kitted 750s was managed by Chester-based Honda dealer Bill Smith. Riders were Smith, Ralph Bryans, Tommy Robb and American Dick Mann. Although the British machines started as favourites - their line-up included multiple World Champion Mike Hailwood and previous Daytona winner Gary Nixon - it was Honda-mounted Dick Mann that won, giving sales of CB750 road bikes in the all-important USA market a further boost. Although far from cheap, the CR750 race kit (200 examples of which were made) enabled privateers to transform a road-going CB750 into a potential Daytona winner, and machines so-modified were soon winning races at all levels worldwide.
The late owner appears to have built this CR750 replica himself, using a CB750F ('PVR 511R') purchased in April 2002. It is not known when it was last used. Noteworthy features include twin front disc brakes; 18" alloy wheel rims (Akront front, Morad rear); Avon racing tyres; an oil cooler; braided steel oil lines; Hagon shock absorbers; and Keihin CR carburettors. The machine comes with a substantial history file containing assorted correspondence, invoices and other paperwork (close inspection recommended). No reserve.