1980 Honda Britain 750 F2

COLOURWhite & Red
LOCATIONDoncaster, South Yorkshire DN8 

1980 Honda Britain 750 F2

  • 750 F2
  • In line four cylinder
  • Four in-to-one exhaust
  • Period Honda Britain graphics
  • Part of a private collection
  • One of two Honda Britain’s we have at auction
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  • 750 F2
  • In line four cylinder
  • Four in-to-one exhaust
  • Period Honda Britain graphics
  • Part of a private collection
  • One of two Honda Britain’s we have at auction

Phil Read was one of Britain’s most successful Grand Prix racers. He was also one of the fastest, bravest motorcycle racers of all time.

Winning eight world championships alongside 52 Grand Prix victories between 1961 to 1975, he became the first rider to take world titles in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc categories. A feat since matched only by Valentino Rossi.

Known as the “Prince of Speed”, not unsurprisingly, he lived a colourful life and raced at a time when the sport was highly dangerous.  Nobody within the sport were in doubt of the talent of Phil Read. At the height of his career he raced shoulder to shoulder with all the great names, Sheene, Agostini and Hailwood.

In those days Grand Prix racing was not exclusively at safe, purpose built circuits. Many were on closed public roads with little if any regard to riders safety. In the early 70’s Read was one leading a boycott of none other than the famous Isle of Mann TT circuit – at that time a GP circuit. His outspoken criticism didn’t endear him to many British fans at the time.

All that changed in the hot Summer of 1977 when Read returned breaking the boycott. It was one of most loved and famous victories on a machine made by Honda

As a tribute, Honda commissioned Colin Seeley to build a limited run on 750 F2’s

Colin Seeley’s long love affair with motorcycles began at 16 on his dad father’s Vincent Rapide. He became an indentured apprentice for a Motorcycle Dealer near to his home Kent.

While working his way through various positions Seeley became acquainted with Bernie Ecclestone who had a Dealership nearby. He would later work with Ecclestone, first as Managing Director of at Brabham Racing, and with the Brabham Formula 1 team.

But long before that, Seeley saw success in racing himself. He rode with a great deal of success on BSAs, Triumphs and Greeves bikes.

Later in his career he successfully competed in World Sidecar Championships. And went onto even more success in TT races with the legendary Rennsport BMW bike.

Once his racing days were over, Seeley began building his fabulous frames. These earned an enviable reputation. He went on to build race bikes that became the default for many racers.

The quality, popularity and performance of Seeley’s meant he was commissioned by many manufacturers to build high quality limited edition specials.

These bikes are in high demand today, Evoke Classics are delighted to have two of them at auction with us. This bike and a 1979 Honda Britain 750F2 Phil Read Replica.

Honda’s 750 F2 Phil Read Replica. To celebrate their Isle of Man TT victory with Phil Read, Honda commissioned Seeley to convert a small number of  CB 750 F2s into official Phil Read Replicas. Seeley’s team set about their task with some passion. However, after building just 150 examples of the motorcycle, it’s reported Phil Read got into an argument with Honda Britain over royalties, allegedly. He pulled his support for that project.

The Honda Britain 750 F2

Not deterred and staring down the barrel of a cracking opportunity, Honda turned to Colin Seeley again asking him to use the remaining parts, to convert approximately 300 more CB750F2s.

He agreed. Of course he did. This second gen of ‘replica’s, finished in white with either a blue or a red stripe, had the race graphics and Phil Read’s name removed and were simply called the Honda Britain. Same smashing classic Honda 750, different colour scheme.

At the front end they fitted a double beam full fairing with twin headlights.

A unique, hand built, 5 gallon alloy fuel tank replace the production tank.

Racing-style three quarter rear-sets cant the rider forward ever so slightly to accommodate the mildly raked clip-on handle bars. Both the gear lever and rear brake pedal were specially made and for and are unique to the genuine Replicas.

A complete new single seat was designed and incorporated into a rear cowl. The only mechanical mod was special custom built high-flow performance exhaust.

This bike has been part of small collection amassed over a number of years. It has been owned by our vendor for about a decade. The enthusiast he purchased it from lived in Sunderland. When our vendor was chatting with him, they both worked out from the history, this is one of the very last build of these limited editions.

Any work that the Replica needed was carried by the very well-known Rising Sun Restorations of Tockwith in York, who have since sadly closed. However, their experienced technicians continue to look after customer bikes. Our vendor, Phil, says the Britain is as it should be. He recently to took it an ex-employee of Rising Sun Restorations who continues to do all his work, to have all four in-line carbs overhauled.

Our view

Record are incomplete on the Honda Britain’s. It is widely accepted that give or take just 300 were produced. Common sense tell us the passage of time will have massively reduced that. Estimates and sources suggest there are anywhere from as many as 30 to as max of just 50 left. Either way they are as rare as an honest politician. That’s rare.

Both the bikes we have come to market now with some poignancy. Both Seeley and Read sadly passed away recently. We don’t have to tell you what a difference that makes to the collectability of these great machines.

These will have massive market appeal. To those of us of certain vintage who stood outside Dealers gawping and just loved these unobtainable pieces of motorcycle art and those who can now afford them. And of course to collectors. Don’t miss out!

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Vehicle Location: Doncaster DN8 – it’s the responsibility of the buyer to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
e*********************k £1,750.00 2023-02-06 09:36:49
b************n £1,500.00 2023-01-25 15:24:59
Start auction £1,500.00 09/01/2023 12:00 AM

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