$148,100 for Rare 1969 Honda CB750

Rare prototype thought to be only (fully-intact) survivor of four built.

February 10, 2014
By James Massey

(Source: WhatSellsBest.com) - A rare 1969 Honda CB750 Prototype (one of four built) has fetched $148,100 on eBay.

According to the eBay seller who sold the bike; "What only some sandcast aficionados know, is that before the now rare sandcast CB750s were produced in 1969, Honda determined that they first needed to build a set of “preproduction” prototypes to market their “The King of Motorcycles” to the American public. So in 1968 they decided to build samples of this new ground breaking CB750 to unveil at their annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Dealer Show, as well as to provide eye-candy for the various trade magazines, and for promotional photography, advertisements, etc."

The seller goes on to describe how Honda literally hand-built 4 of the preproduction bikes for the U.S. promotion, with this particular bike thought to be the only (fully-intact) survivor. (What happened to the others? See eBay listing)

Video: What's a 1969 CB750 sound like? (Source: YouTube/MrSquirrelboy)

Auction Data & Statistics

The 1969 Honda CB750 Prototype received 102 bids from 27 bidders over the course of 10 days. The opening bid on January 31, was $1,969. The final bid was $148,100. The auction ended on Monday, February 10 (2014), at 5:35pm Pacific Standard Time.

For more information and close-up photos of the CB750 see; **eBay auction listing; #331120055291 (auction links may expire after 90 days).

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