The Honda CB 750 Sandcast stunned the crowds when it was unveiled at the Tokyo Show in 1968.
Fifty years on, we’ll be displaying this trailblazing Motorcycle on our stand – M42 – at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on 19th -20th October.
The launch of the CB 750 Sandcast made a huge impact on the motorcycling world. It was the first mass-produced four-cylinder machine within the financial reach of the average enthusiast and one whose specification – overhead camshaft, disc front brake, 5-speed gearbox, electric starter and more, far outshone the opposition.
Only the earliest models were fitted with distinctive gravity-cast engine cases – erroneously referred to as ‘sandcast’. In fact, the technique of permanent mold casting was used and it is the gravity casting and metal casting molds that produce a rough finish – resembling 400-600 grit sandpaper.
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We’ll be showcasing this fantastic machine – first registered at Carson Honda, Santa Monica, California in August 1969, number 4280 of approximately 7414 engines built with sandcast crankcases. Original price new was $1295 US (approx £680).
Although this example was imported into the UK in 1985 after being sold for a mere 300 dollars (approx £240), it was then restored by marque specialist John Wyatt of Rising Sun Restorations, who owned it for a number of years and still maintains it annually. It has belonged to proud owner Peter Fleming for the last decade and is on the road regularly, covering about 5,000 miles per year.
Come and see us on stand M42 to meet our team and find out more.
The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show takes place at Staffordshire County Showground.