My first purchase since September, been seeking one of these for years, a series 1 Honda F1 (Spain). It is complete with nothing broken or missing, tyres are cracked but not a problem as this won't be raced.
Bought only 4 days ago, arrived today. First pic is the seller one, the description included "paint missing on the top half" it was easy to recognise this was white fungus and not 'missing paint'. It looked mint.
After a quick clean it polished up really well.
I doubt a screwdriver has been anywhere near those screws. There isn't a single scratch or impact mark on the body either.
This B2 "Hurricane" has at least seen some time on a track judging by the 'light fluff and hairs' evident on the rear wheels, I will task myself tomorrow on removing this by carefully opening it up, probably for the first time in its existence.
I am very pleased with this purchase, especially more so for what I paid for it, it is in truly superb condition.
These models were in production from 1964 until 1970 so it is at least 50 years old and has obviously been stored in a cool dark dry place during all that time.
Thank you Andre. I couldn't wait until tomorrow to have a look inside the car so burnt some midnight oil.
There was a lot more fluff and hairs in there than I expected, suggesting it had been run quite a lot. Whoever owned this car from new was a very careful owner it seems, certainly never crashed it. I cleaned it out and it looks much better inside now. Motor runs strongly, really chuffed I bought this, I had never considered these 'bikes' ever before as part of my collection, now I'm hooked. I'll sure be wanting a red or a yellow one just to keep it company.
Those French cars without the chrome features are adorable, I got one in a job lot a couple of years ago in a neglected state, this was how it looked when I came by it and after some attention.
I had a spare C54 exhaust and noticed under the flaked chrome it was yellow, I managed to get all the chrome off it which made it ideal. The spare suspension springs and mirrors I had were red after stripping off the chrome so I painted them yellow, came up okay. The drivers head was in my spares box and didn't require painting.
The broken 'kick plate'? on the other side was sorted by the same method of removing the chrome off a spare part I had to reveal its true colour, the carbs which had one missing are readily available on eBay.
One of the roundels (16) were missing which was a shame, wish now I had just left the remaining two as they were, the ones I replaced them with just don't look right.
Speaking of French and mirrors, this arrived today.
From France. C14 Matra MS10, race-tuned nice runner. Only fault is right side mirror has snapped off.
The mirrors extend from the drivers arms, so will either replace the driver (which means taking out the screen) or cut and glue a spare mirror on.
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