1981 Honda Motocompo

SOLD FOR: $2,750

Seller accepted post-auction offer.

Sold on May 15, 2024

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Description

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 an old City ad that briefly features the adorable Motocompo:

The motor is a 49cc 2-stroke that was good for a blistering top speed of about 19 miles per hour (30 km/h). The slow speed just makes it easier for everyone to check you out. Wet weight is a pound short of 100, and the handlebars/seat would fold up almost flush with the bodywork for easier storage in the City’s trunk.

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: AB121001923. It came to Iconic as an import from Japan.

There is no odometer; true mileage is unknown.

Maintenance:
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the battery, the spark plug, the air filter, and the seat. We also cleaned and tuned the carb, replaced the choke holder, and replaced the seat. Our service department notes the following in their condition report:

Gas Tank Condition: Fair, some surface rust and debris
Tire Years -Pre-2000, 361; Rear: Pre-2000, 361
Tire % -Front: 0%, Cracked; Rear: 0%, Cracked
Tire Pressure – Front: 25 PSI; Rear: 25 PSI
Brake % – Front: 70%; Rear: 10%
Transmission Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: Ok
2T Injector Oil: Ok, 80% full
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: NA
Turn Signals: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Killswitch: Ok
Horn: Ok
Fork: Ok
Shock/s: Ok
Final Drive: NA
Battery:
OCV: 6.0 V, New
Charging: 8.2V
Speedometer: Operates as designed
Test Ride: 1/2 Mile, unit operates as designed

Notes:
-Brake light lens is broken
-Front left turn signal taped
-Some scratches/scuffs on bodywork

REPAIRS RECOMMENDED
– Tires
– Rear brake shoes
– Transmission oil

Modifications:
This Motocompo appears to be stock.

Inside of the tank:

The sale includes 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!

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1981

Make

Honda

Model

Motocompo

Mileage

True Mileage Unknown

VIN

AB121001923

Title

Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country

N/A

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 20

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: c******w

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $2,750 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
c******w May 15, 2024 11:03 am PDT $2,400
j*******t May 15, 2024 11:02 am PDT $2,300
b****8 May 15, 2024 11:00 am PDT $2,200
j*******t May 15, 2024 11:00 am PDT $2,150 Auto
j*******t May 15, 2024 11:00 am PDT $2,100 Auto
c******w May 15, 2024 11:00 am PDT $2,000
j*******t May 15, 2024 10:59 am PDT $1,900
c******w May 15, 2024 10:59 am PDT $1,800 Auto
c******w May 15, 2024 9:23 am PDT $1,750
n**e May 15, 2024 9:23 am PDT $1,650 Auto
n**e May 15, 2024 8:29 am PDT $1,600
c*******o May 14, 2024 6:32 am PDT $1,500 Auto
1*********e May 14, 2024 6:32 am PDT $1,400
c*******o May 14, 2024 6:30 am PDT $1,300 Auto
1*********e May 14, 2024 6:30 am PDT $1,200
c*******o May 10, 2024 4:16 pm PDT $800 Auto
f*d May 10, 2024 4:16 pm PDT $700
c*******o May 10, 2024 2:57 pm PDT $600 Auto
s*m May 10, 2024 2:57 pm PDT $500
c*******o May 8, 2024 9:32 pm PDT $1
Auction started May 8, 2024 12:45 pm PDT
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