1982 Honda Motocompo

SOLD FOR: $4,280

Seller accepted post-auction offer.

Sold on February 13, 2024

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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 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: AB121042962. The seller purchased the scooter from a Ducati mechanic September 2017.

During her ownership the seller has covered about 30 to 40 miles. The is no odometer; true mileage is unknown.

Per the seller, this Motocompo is riding on new tires. Before dropping it off for auction, the seller had it inspected at Moto Werkz in Los Angeles. Their condition report is as follows:

Vehicle Vin: 42962
Main Structure bolts: OK
Braking System: OK
Fuel Delivery: Repaired
Tire Age/Life: OK
Fuel Type/Age: Automated Mix
Steering Alignment: OK
Main Frame Integrity : OK
Frame/Wheel Bearings: OK
DOT Lighting: OK
Speedo Verification: None
Coolant System: OK

Please note: Iconic Motorbikes has not inspected this Motocompo.

This Motocompo appears to be stock.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on IRC MB52 tires with date codes of 5018 and 5018.

The sale includes two keys.

The sale also includes a set of NOS decals.

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 with California scooter registration.

Have any Motocompo stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information


Santa Monica, California








True Mileage Unknown




Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country


Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

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Total Bids Placed: 16

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: n**e

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $4,280 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
n**e February 6, 2024 8:46 am PST $3,600
b****8 February 6, 2024 8:46 am PST $3,500 Auto
b****8 February 6, 2024 8:28 am PST $3,400
n**e February 6, 2024 8:28 am PST $3,300 Auto
n**e February 3, 2024 5:30 pm PST $3,200
c*******o February 3, 2024 5:27 pm PST $3,100
n**e February 3, 2024 5:27 pm PST $3,000
c*******o February 3, 2024 5:27 pm PST $2,900 Auto
c*******o February 3, 2024 1:55 pm PST $2,800
n**e February 1, 2024 7:12 am PST $2,700
c*******o January 31, 2024 12:31 pm PST $2,600 Auto
n**e January 31, 2024 12:31 pm PST $2,500
c*******o January 30, 2024 9:16 pm PST $2,102
b******1 January 30, 2024 8:19 pm PST $2,002
c*******o January 30, 2024 8:19 pm PST $2,000 Auto
c*******o January 30, 2024 6:51 pm PST $1
Auction started January 30, 2024 10:41 am PST
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