1968 HONDA 49CC Z50M 'MONKEY BIKE'
Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 229
Year : 1968
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : UYY 93F
Chassis No. : # Z50M-103273
Engine No. : # Z50ME-113224
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 
To be sold without reserve
 

With the launch of the CZ100 in 1960, Honda created the class of machine known as 'monkey bikes', so called because of their diminutive stature. The power unit was the C100 step-thru's reliable four-stroke single. An ultra-short wheelbase, small wheels and a vestigial fuel tank were all features of a machine which, in the case of the folding handlebar version, could be fitted into the boot of a car. An important milestone in Monkey development was reached in 1974 with the launch of the Z50J, which featured front and rear suspension like a 'proper' motorcycle while retaining the overhead-camshaft engine and 8 wheels, first seen on the Z50M and Z50A respectively. Immensely popular as paddock transport the world over, Monkeys are currently much in vogue, with a flourishing owners club in the UK.
This Z50M Monkey was sold new via Tippetts Motors of Tolworth, and in July 1972 was purchased from its first private owner by the lady vendor's late father. Last taxed to the end of June 1973, it has been kept in dry storage and will require re-commissioning and the usual safety checks before further use. The machine is offered with its original old-style logbook, an owner's manual, correspondence, and an invoice for a new seat.