Honda followed its sensational CB750 of 1968 with a range of smaller fours, the first of which - the CB500 - appeared in 1971. The half-litre newcomer was just as well specified as its larger brother, boasting an overhead-cam engine, five-speed gearbox, electric starter, and disc front brake. A 347cc version appeared the following year catering for riders who valued the refinement of a four yet wanted the lower running and insurance costs of a 350. Apart from a reduced cylinder bore and detail changes to tyre sizes, gearing, silencers and rear brake, the CB350F was almost identical to the 500. At the time, the CB350F was the smallest capacity multi-cylinder motorcycle ever to enter volume production. Produced into 1974, the model was sold in Europe but never officially imported into the UK where the CB350 twin was the preferred offering.
Currently displaying a total of 32,160 kilometres (approximately 20,000 miles) on the odometer, this example of a Honda four only rarely seen in the UK was purchased from the first owner earlier this year. Serviced in 2015, the machine is described by the vendor as in generally very good condition and un-restored apart from a new exhaust system. Accompanying documentation consists of the original purchase invoice and Netherlands registration papers. The machine also comes with two sets of keys and an owner's manual.