Back in 1946, Soichiro Honda had an idea. That idea was to help mobilise post-war Japan, and to do so he developed a series of motors which could be fitted to pedal cycles.
Behind it was what he referred to as his dream. The dream being to create a new Japanese motorcycle which would go on to take on the world.
It was a bold vision, but one that developed apace. In 1946, the first Honda generator motor was fitted to a bicycle. The following year, Honda launched its first complete design – the Type A Motor Bicycle.
In 1949, just two years after its first motorised bicycle, Honda launched its first ground-up motorcycle which Soichiro named the Honda Dream, after his initial vision. By 1955, it was the best-selling motorcycle in Japan. Just 20 years later, Honda was the best-selling motorcycle brand in the world and Soichiro Honda’s dream had been realised.
The catalyst behind this was the success of the C71 and C72 bikes (which evolved to be the CA and CB series). Introduced in 1957, the new models were the first Honda models to be successfully exported, initially to the UK and then to Europe.
They were extremely competitively priced sports bikes and despite an anti-Japanese sentiment from the likes of BSA and Triumph owners, where WW2 was still a relatively recent memory, the value and performance they offered was impossible to ignore. The Hondas were well-made sports bikes, which rapidly developed a following.
This example is a 1962 CS72 Dream Sport, featuring a 250cc engine, dual seat and electric start.
The Honda was imported into the UK in 2018 but has not been UK registered yet, so it will need a NOVA document and first registration application completed before it can be used on the road. It’s MOT exempt, though, so that’s one less barrier to getting it fully registered.
Prior to that, the Dream was owned by a museum near Mount Fuji in Japan for 25 years before being owned by it's current owner, a private Japanese collector who kept it in Japan for a further 5 years before being imported to the UK, as a result it has covered a very low mileage and appears to be completely original.
With its pressed steel forks and handlebars supplied at the factory and high level exhausts, it’s a rare and desirable variant.
The bike is currently supplied with no UK registration, but there are UK Import Documents supplied in order to get it registered.
Overall, the Honda is in very smart order but will need some minor recommissioning to make it perfect. It is, however, an exceptionally pretty bike.
The bodywork is in good order, with the frame, forks, handlebars and mudguards all in straight and tidy condition, with only a few minor signs of ageing in the form of some discolouration to the badges on the fuel tank.
It will also need new tyres before it is used in anger, as the whitewalls that are fitted are of an indeterminate age and show some signs of deterioration - although the vendor has advised he has a whitewall tyre to be supplied on sale.
The frame and engine numbers match and confirm its originality.
The 250cc twin with alloy overhead cam is one of the most lively of its era, and even today the Dream Sport is still quite a fast machine, more than capable of holding its own in modern traffic.
The high level sports exhausts – a lovely period feature – are at odds with its subtle, streamlined appearance but also give it a wonderful soundtrack.
The bike is in running order, but will need some attention to its 12-volt electrics. It has just had a replacement ignition system fitted which are in but need the wiring checking over to ensure correct operation.
This is a lovely, period correct and exceptionally pretty bike that benefits from wonderful styling as well as historical significance. For someone looking for an early Dream to add to a collection it would make a wonderful purchase.
It will need some minor recommissioning if the next owner wishes to use it, but there’s nothing too daunting on the list.
It’s an exceptionally rare model and one that deserves to attract plenty of interest.
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