No Reserve – 1981 Honda Motocompo

SOLD FOR: $4,173

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on July 28, 2023

Winner: Smokeshow

Winning Bid: $3,900
Buyer Fee: $273
Total: $4,173

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Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

Nowadays, you can hop on a Bird or a Lime for your “last mile” transport needs. But Honda had a different idea for Japan in the early 80s. At the time, the company was selling a subcompact car called the City. But in a densely-packed city like Tokyo, it was difficult for even the drivers of tiny cars to find parking near their desired destination. Honda’s solution was the Motocompo, a scooter that was designed to fold up so that you could store it in the City’s trunk. Ride into town, park your car, and then get your scooter out for mobility among the masses!

Paul d’Orleans (of The Vintagent fame) has saved a old City ad that briefly features the adorable Motocompo:

As the ‘compo was only offered for three years and only in Japan, they’re hard to find in the homeland, let alone here in the USA. 53,369 were built between 1981 and 1983. Riding one is an odd experience, but if you crave attention it’ll be hard to beat this.

This example is VIN: AB121043497. It came to Iconic as an import from Japan; prior history is not known.

There is no odometer; true mileage is unknown.

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us perform an ignition diagnostic, replace the CDI box, replace the spark plug high tension lead, replace the battery, clean the carb, detail the bike, and install new IRC MB52 tires with date codes of 1523 and 1623.

Yonni did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:

Tire Year Front/Rear: NEW/NEW
Tire % Front/Rear: 100/100
Tire Press Front/Rear: 22/25
Brake % Front/Rear: 70/70
Hydraulic: NA
Oil: OK
Coolant: NA
Low Beam: OK
High Beam: OK
Turn: OK
Tail Light: OK
Brake Light: OK
Plate Light: OK
Kill: OK
Horn: OK
Battery: NEW

This Motocompo appears to be completely stock.

Inside of the tank:

The sale includes one key.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any Motocompo stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Santa Monica, California








True Mileage Unknown




Bill of Sale Only

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Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

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Total Bids Placed: 22

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: Smokeshow

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Smokeshow July 28, 2023 2:48 pm PDT $3,900
harlan July 28, 2023 2:47 pm PDT $3,800 Auto
Smokeshow July 28, 2023 2:47 pm PDT $3,769
harlan July 28, 2023 2:46 pm PDT $3,650
Smokeshow July 28, 2023 2:44 pm PDT $3,550
Steve350f July 28, 2023 2:44 pm PDT $3,500 Auto
Steve350f July 28, 2023 9:18 am PDT $3,350
Harrop333 July 28, 2023 9:18 am PDT $3,250 Auto
Harrop333 July 28, 2023 9:06 am PDT $3,100
Steve350f July 27, 2023 5:34 am PDT $3,000 Auto
Smokeshow July 27, 2023 5:34 am PDT $2,950
Steve350f July 23, 2023 4:58 pm PDT $2,650
Smokeshow July 23, 2023 4:58 pm PDT $2,550 Auto
Smokeshow July 23, 2023 4:19 pm PDT $2,100
Steve350f July 23, 2023 4:19 pm PDT $2,000 Auto
Steve350f July 22, 2023 8:26 am PDT $1,900 Auto
fourari July 22, 2023 8:26 am PDT $1,800
Steve350f July 22, 2023 7:49 am PDT $600
faddy400 July 22, 2023 7:49 am PDT $500 Auto
faddy400 July 22, 2023 1:04 am PDT $110
Sracer July 22, 2023 1:04 am PDT $10 Auto
Sracer July 21, 2023 10:17 pm PDT $1 Reserve
Auction started July 21, 2023 12:46 pm PDT
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Shipping Information

Continental US:
Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.

Please note:

  • spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
  • the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.
  • additional details can be found here

Southern California
On a case-by-case basis, we can transport motorcycles in our van.

We are located in Santa Monica, California 90405.
Local Rates (one way):
0-50 miles: $150
50-150 miles: $300

Please contact for a quote.

We recommend TFX

$1,500 for Los Angeles, CA to Canada is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact TFX for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

Europe and Asia:
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