2017 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction

2007 Honda Z50 '40th Anniversary' Monkey Bike




Engine Single-cylinder, 49cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Colour Black
Trim Tartan


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Founded in 1948, the Honda Motor Company quickly established itself as one of the dominant motorcycle manufacturers from Japan, building everything from commuter scooters right up to Grand Prix machines capable of challenging the world's best on the racetrack.  Honda developed a myriad of new models to suit every need and by the late 1960s the range was incredibly diverse, including trail bikes, scramblers and a new fad - the mini bike.  Originally designed for a Japanese amusement park, Honda’s tiny Z-series was launched in Japan in March 1964, with the first Z50M featuring a 50cc four-stroke engine and sales to Europe began three years later.  Nicknamed Monkey bikes, the Z-series proved so popular it ultimately remained in production until 1999. Although the basic recipe was changed little, the Z50 evolved over the decades, gaining swing-arm rear suspension by 1972, while the overhead camshaft engine and four-speed automatic clutch transmission have been steadily refined.  Thanks to the folding handlebars and tiny wheels, the Z50 proved extremely portable, easily fitting in the boot of a car, and became popular with commuters in Japan, who appreciated its reliability.  Making a welcome return to the Australian market, Honda released 40th Anniversary edition Z50 in 2007 complete with retro styling, a tartan seat and special graphite black paint.  Priced at $3,890 (plus on road costs), the 40th Anniversary model sold out quickly and has since become highly sought after by collectors.