Motorcycles John Lennon's Honda Monkey to be auctioned

18:11  14 march  2018
18:11  14 march  2018 Source:   autoblog.com

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If you can’t put a price on the intersection of your passion for music and motorcycles, H&H Classics will be auctioning John Lennon ’ s Honda Monkey March 4 at the National Motorbikes Museum in England.

  John Lennon's Honda Monkey to be auctioned © H&H Auctions

It's not uncommon for celebrity cars to pop up at auctions. Next month at the Goodwood Members' Meeting, the hammer will drop on Nick Mason's Ferrari Dino, Rod Stewart's Lamborghini Diablo and Paul McCartney's Lamborghini 400GT. But sometimes it's refreshing when the auctioned piece of Beatles memorabilia isn't a luxury car, but something else entirely.

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That's right, John Lennon used to have a Honda Monkey bike as well as a Mercedes 600 Pullman and a psychedelic Rolls-Royce. He bought the bike new in 1969, and used it to ride around the premises of his country house near Ascot, England. The 49cc Z50A is one of the earlier Monkeys, as the model line was originally introduced in the mid-Sixties and made commercially available in England by 1967. Monkeys or other Z-series mini bikes are still being made.

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A motorcycle once owned by Beatles legend John Lennon has been sold for a record-breaking GBP 57,500 (almost Rs. 52 lakh) at auction .

The Honda Z50A K1 was used by the Beatle from 1969 to 1971 when Lennon sold it off. The bike has extremely low mileage and is reported to be largely unrestored and in original running condition.

The fantastic thing is that the bike is still as rough and dirty as Lennon left it, when he sold it in 1971, at the same time as he sold the house and moved to New York. In the early '70s, his celebrity status was so strong that the family purchasing the bike decided to just store it, instead of running it to the ground. Well, any further into the ground than Lennon had — there's certainly some patina on the bike.

However, it runs, the frame and the powertrain are numbers matching, and it's still registered with the original plate. That all will probably translate into a final auction price that would buy you a boatload of old Honda Monkey bikes: The estimate ranges from $28,000 to $55,800, and even the starting bid is almost $14k. The Monkey is part of a National Motorcycle Museum auction held on March 4 in Solihull, England.

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