1978 – HONDA BRITAIN “PHIL READ REPLICA” – 750
“Limited Edition” or “Celebration” models have long been established as a sound marketing technique for both cars and motorcycles, so when Phil Read won the Isle of Man’s inaugural Formula 1 TT on a works Honda CB750 in 1977 the stage was set for a special version of the Japanese manufacturer’s trend setting super bike. As a result, Honda UK supplied Colin Seeley with 400 crated 750F2 Honda fours and asked him to design and build 400 replicas of Read’s F1 TT winning machine. Production began in 1978 until a fall-out with Read resulted in Seeley changing the paintwork after only 150 Read replicas had been produced. Design changes from the Read replica included a different 5-gallon petrol tank and different chrome silencer. The colours changed and it came in white and red or white and blue.
Design: Colin Seeley
Provenience: CMM Collezione Motociclistica Milanese