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C.1963 HONDA 250CC CR72 RACING MOTORCYCLE (LOT 443) SOLD by Auction

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  • £40,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1963
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Price £40,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Honda
Model 250
  CR72 RACING MOTORCYCLE
Year 1963
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 22-Jul-2020
Ref C1248375
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

SALE TIMES
Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

VIEWING
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

VIEWING TIMES
Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

AUCTION ADDRESS
Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 5HA


PROPERTY OF A DECEASED'S ESTATE
C.1963 HONDA 250CC CR72 RACING MOTORCYCLE (LOT 443)
FRAME NO. CR72-310192
ENGINE NO. CR72E-310119
• Incredibly rare, Ex-works Honda racer
• Third place bike in 1963 lightweight TT
• Ex-Bill Smith

In the 250 class Honda were running the four-cylinder machines from as early as 1959, and in Grand Prix events from 1960. Whilst the fours participated in the most prestigious events, Honda made a twin-cylinder CR72 250 to compete in lower ranked races. Whilst the standard CR72 was an over-the-counter racer available to the public, and Honda even made a road-legal version fitted with lights, there were a few 'works' machines with significant differences, to be campaigned by works riders or selected privateer racers with close connections to Honda. The example offered here is one such works machine.

We have endeavoured to trace the history of the machine as far as possible and we know that the last, deceased owner, Bill Barker, purchased the bike in Ireland from John Martin for the sum of £2350 plus a 1928 Triumph in 1977 (receipt on file). At the beginning of its history, we believe that Bill Smith sold the bike to a gentleman in Wolverhampton from whom it was purchased by Terry Teece. Terry sold the Honda in 1974 to 'a Publican in Wigan' whom we believe to be Eric Biddle, Landlord of The Squirrel public house, who owned and traded many racing bikes around that time. How it moved from Eric Biddle in 1974 to John Martin in 1977 is still unknown at the time of cataloguing, but this may have simply been a sale from one to the other. In the early part of its life, until after the custody of Terry Teece, the bike was known as the one on which Bill Smith finished 3rd in the 1963 Lightweight TT. When Bill Barker obtained the machine, he was told that it had been raced by Ralph Bryans and Tommy Robb. Our enquiries have led to verbal confirmation from Bill Smith, with reference to the frame number, that it is the machine on which he finished third in the 1963 Lightweight TT.

The deceased owner used the bike in CRMC racing until an engine blow-up during the 1980s. After obtaining various parts, new Carillo conrods, and having a new crankshaft made in Germany, Barker had the engine rebuilt. It was completed and re-installed in the rolling chassis approximately 13 years ago, but he then became ill, and subsequently passed away in 2008. The machine has been kept in dry storage since that time, and will require a thorough check over, and careful re-commissioning before running or racing again. A small number of parts, along with two fairings (one fibreglass and one believed original alloy) accompany the machine, together with documentation comprising correspondence from Bill Smith with Japan, other correspondence with various parties, notes, and sundry papers.

Also consigned to this sale, listed separately in the Automobilia section, are two dismantled, incomplete engines, a CR77 and a CR72 (Lot nos. 204 & 203 respectively).

£40,000 - 60,000
€45,000 - 67,000

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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