The Marusho Motorcycle Industrial Co Ltd, which was founded in 1951 in Hamamatsu, Japan and sold it products under the 'Lilac' name. In 1961, the company was forced to file for bankruptcy and the factory closed. Biding its time by acting as a sub-contractor to Honda, Marusho re-emerged as a motorcycle manufacturer in 1964 having been reorganised as the Lilac Co Ltd the previous year. Clearly influenced by the contemporary BMW, the revitalised company's first new product was a 500cc horizontally opposed twin, marketed as 'Marusho ST' in the USA and 'Lilac' in Japan and Australia. Despite a worthy product, Lilac's production decreased year by year and the factory finally ceased motorcycle production at some time around 1967. One of an estimated 150 survivors out of around 500 made, this ultra-rare Japanese classic was imported from Japan and first registered here in June 2015, having already been restored in its home country. Described by the vendor as in generally very good condition, the machine is offered with a V5C document, Japanese paperwork (translated) and HMRC and DVLA correspondence. The handlebar controls, mirror and shock absorbers are the only notified deviations from factory specification (original shocks included in the sale).