1964 Honda CB77

Highlights


  • A very original and beautifully presented example of Honda’s first sports bike
  • Even rarer for being first registered in the UK rather than imported later
  • Complete with an unusual original registration number – 8412 ED


The Appeal


On its introduction in 1961 the CB77, or Super Hawk, was recognised as a watershed model set to revolutionise the market. It was Honda’s first foray into the sports bike sector and a real tour-de-force in true Honda style.

The bike was as sophisticated as it was sporting offering refinements such as electric start and standard steering damper. It was fast too. Road tests of the time reported a top speed in excess of 100 mph and a ¼ mile time of under 17 seconds.



The History and Paperwork


  • Unlike most CB77’s this example was supplied and registered in the UK from manufacture
  • It is also unusual for having originally being allocated an unusual registration number
  • Lightly used by four owners before being acquired by its current owner earlier in 2022
  • The presentation of the motorcycle attests to a quality restoration at some point in its past
  • The motorcycle is complete with an interesting and diverse paperwork file
  • Highlights include the current V5 in the name of the owner
  • An “old style” registration certificate dating from 1970 is present
  • This shows three of the four previous owner changes all by 1973
  • An original CB77 owner’s manual is included
  • There is a letter of authentication from the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club
  • DVLA paperwork relating to the rare registration number is present
  • There is also some information about the model, a vintage Honda book and a technical manual include
  • The motorcycle is registered as a historic vehicle so is MOT and VED exempt
  • The V5, DVLA letter and jap Honda club letter all confirm it is a 1964 CB77 305cc registered in UK with correct original VIN & engine number. 



The Interior


  • The riding environment of this sporty Honda is pristine
  • The padded double seat is the only known non-standard item
  • It’s in fine condition, however, and provides comfort for rider and optional pillion
  • The big instrument binnacle is a period delight
  • This being an early model, the speedometer and tachometer rotate in opposite directions
  • The odometer is in a quirky vertical configuration, affording a unique look
  • The slightly dropped bars afford a comfortable stance and have an adjustable damper at their centre
  • The rubber grips are in fine condition 
  • Starter, lights, and horn controls are arranged on the grip bases
  • Heavily textured front foot pegs are retractable and in great condition
  • The pillion pegs feature a Honda emblem embossed into the rubber
  • The folding kick start is on the offside as a back up to the electric starter
  • Everything here is in fine condition and points to a really sound former restoration 

By today’s standards the CB77 is a diminutive motorcycle and all the better for that. As a consequence, it will suit riders of a wide range of statures. All of them should appreciate the comfortable and upright riding position as well as the first-class condition of all they see in front of them. The large instrument cluster is a quirky delight, making to very easy to assimilate information.



The Exterior


  • This little Honda looks pristine in its red and grey livery
  • The tubular frame, an innovation for Honda in this model, is finished in vibrant red
  • The front and rear mud guards and side panels are finished in light grey
  • There are liberal accents of bright chrome in evidence too
  • The tank sides are chrome finished with rubber knee pads fitted to both tank dimples
  • The twin tail pipes, springs, handlebars and mirrors are all finished in bright chrome
  • Anodised alloy is present around the sump and engine base
  • The cross-spoked wheels are chromed and in fine condition throughout
  • The period correct, winged tank badges are present and correct
  • Front and rear light lenses are clear and undamaged

This CB77 is a period-faithful delight and looks amazing. The proportions are just right and the combination of bright red and grey paintwork against lots of bright chrome is very evocative of the early 1960’s motorcycle scene.

There is very little to fault in the presentation of this Honda in terms of condition. The originality is very good too. It’s just the saddle and oblong mirrors that are thought to be later additions.

 
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The Mechanics


  • The “77” of the CB77 designates the fitment of a 305cc engine as opposed to the 249cc of the “72.”
  • The engine is an OHC, straight twin fed by twin 26mm carburettors
  • The engine was originally rated at 28bhp produced at a heady 9,000 rpm
  • Power is transferred via a four-speed gearbox and chain drive to the rear wheel
  • Both electric start and kick-start are fitted
  • The engine is understood to have had a top end rebuild in its previous ownership
  • The motorcycle starts well and idles smoothly
  • The current owner believes it could further benefit from a carburettor tune up 

The 305cc capacity of the CB77 was quite large by the standards of other Japanese bikes of the period. It also fell foul of the UK licensing laws of the time that allowed learner riders to pilot machines up to 250cc. This made the CB77 a rare sight here.

The high revving twin featured crankpins spaced at 180 degrees aiding smooth running and power delivery in the upper rev ranges. It was clearly a performance orientated machine, too. It’s top speed, with one road test achieving 104 mph, put many larger capacity British bikes of the period to shame.


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Summary


The CB77 essentially marked a tipping point in worldwide motorcycle manufacture. The little twin was a well specified and dynamic performing model that outperformed many bigger and less advanced British models of the time. Experts of the time referred to it as “the first modern Japanese motorcycle.” This alone makes this a highly collectable and appreciating model.

This example doubles down on that desirability still further. It’s in amazing, time-warp condition and, highly unusually, is a UK supplied and registered example from manufacture. Then there is that unusual and valuable original registration number. Why it wasn’t registered as a “B” plate is unknown but adds to the interesting provenance of the bike.

This is a rare opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike so don’t miss the opportunity to own this charming and unique example.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1964
  • Make Honda
  • Model CB77
  • Colour Red and Silver
  • Odometer 22,439 Miles
  • Engine size 305
  • Town Tamworth
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Staffordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 8 bidders
  • Ish £6,400 30/09/22
  • philip•••• £6,300 30/09/22
  • Ish £6,200 30/09/22
  • philip•••• £6,100 30/09/22
  • Ish £6,000 30/09/22
  • philip•••• £5,900 30/09/22
  • Ish £5,800 30/09/22
  • john-sh•••• £5,700 30/09/22
  • martin.•••• £4,800 30/09/22
  • philip•••• £4,300 29/09/22

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