There can be no doubt that Soichiro Honda left a lasting legacy by lending his engineering talents to the company that bears his name. This can be said particularly of motorcycles, and the company outdid itself when it introduced the 1969 CB750. Widely considered the world's first superbike, it combined a then-powerful 67-horsepower, 736cc, inline four-cylinder engine and cutting edge tech for motorcycles at the time like an electric start and front disc brake. It is simply one of the most important motorcycles ever made, and now one of four handmade prototypes is up for auction on eBay Motors.

According to the seller, Honda had an idea that it had something special with the CB750 and built four preproduction models to be shown off to American media in 1968. Each one was hand-built by Honda technicians from bespoke components, and this blue/green model was photographed by magazines and for promotional material at the time. The seller believes that one of the four prototypes was destroyed, one is in Europe and one is unknown, which means this may be the only chance for collectors to get their hands on one.

The bike has prompted quite a bidding war with 97 bids registered as of this writing. With about seven hours left to go in the auction, the top big currently sits at $135,300. At this rate, things could get very exciting at the end. Although to own a prototype for the first super bike, it might be worth it.


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      dukeisduke
      • 10 Months Ago
      I was a kid when the CB750 came out. I was a reader of Hot Rod magazine, and they had a rave review of it. They had a bike article or two each month, along with the monthly column, "Up On Two Wheels".
      sammon287
      • 10 Months Ago
      I have a rare 76 CB750a Hondamatic that's worth about two percent of what this will sell for.
      mylexicon
      • 10 Months Ago
      Soichiro Honda was the Enzo Ferrari of Japan
      Koenigsegg
      • 10 Months Ago
      thats a death trap, a piece of a crap, and a fully loaded Model S with money to spare for that price. Down vote the truth like usual. Yawn.
        J W
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        If you want a piece of motorcycle history, you're not going to instead take that money and buy a Tesla. That's what "you'd" do with that money, a motorcycle fan is going to buy the bike. Hating on something because it isn't what you would do just makes you look like an idiot.
        Bernard
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Please stop using that username. It's really depressing for those of us healthy individuals that like Tesla.
      SloopJohnB
      • 10 Months Ago
      Without regret, I waited for my 1973 Kawasaki 900. Owned Kaw 750 before that and a Triumph 650 too.. Used to eat Honda cb750 for lunch and cruise Woodward avenue in the evening. 900 a remarkable bike...even faster with a smaller countershaft sprocket and a 16" Harley rim with a late sprocket.
        rsholland
        • 10 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Yeah but your 900 Kawasaki would not have existed if it were not because of the CB750. The CB750 ushered in a whole new era of motorcycles, and it singlehandedly destroyed the British motorcycle industry. Brit bikes continue to try to make a comeback, but they are a mere shell of what they used to be.
      bleexeo
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'd buy that for a dollar!
      Leon, Jr.
      • 10 Months Ago
      I have a 1981 HONDA CB 750 CUSTOM with about 28,000 miles that I still ride and waiting for summer. leonglym@yahoo.com
      FRD
      • 10 Months Ago
      Pretty cool bike. I would figure Honda would want it back. Hope it finds its way to a nice museum.
      Tish
      • 10 Months Ago
      Soichiro Honda was first of all a hell of a mechanic who started off putting small military type engines on bicycles for transportation in Japan following WWII.He was a giant in his field!
      • 10 Months Ago
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        J W
        • 10 Months Ago
        It's not just another CB750, it's a pre-production piece of history. And clearly it's worth more that $135k, it sold for over $140k. Things are worth what people pay for them and this piece of history has SOLD.
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