1983 Honda Motocompo

SOLD FOR: $3,750

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on February 2, 2023

Winner: lighty

Winning Bid: $3,500
Buyer Fee: $250
Total: $3,750


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:

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: AB121013339. It came to Iconic as an import from Japan.

There is no odometer, true mileage is unknown.

In preparation for the listing, we switched out the battery, replaced the petcock, repaired an open wire on the oil sensor, and cleaned the carb. We also cleaned the fuel tank of rust. Yonni did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Life % Front/ Rear:85/85
Brake Life % Front/ Rear :80/90
Hydraulic: N/A
Oil: Ok
Coolant: N/A
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Kill: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery: New

Please note: During his test ride, Yonni found the speedometer to squeal at speeds over 25mph.

This Motocompo appears to be completely stock.

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

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Dunlop K398 tires with date codes of 1196.

The sale includes one key.

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


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: 11

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: lighty

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
lighty January 27, 2023 12:36 pm $3,500 Reserve
lighty January 27, 2023 12:32 pm $3,100
KaseVR January 27, 2023 12:32 pm $3,000 Auto
KaseVR January 27, 2023 11:47 am $2,600
dreiswig75 January 27, 2023 11:47 am $2,500 Auto
dreiswig75 January 26, 2023 3:57 pm $2,125
madmattdawson January 26, 2023 2:40 pm $2,025
dreiswig75 January 26, 2023 2:40 pm $2,000 Auto
dreiswig75 January 26, 2023 2:39 pm $1,600 Auto
madmattdawson January 26, 2023 2:39 pm $1,500
dreiswig75 January 26, 2023 10:57 am $1
Auction started January 26, 2023 9:03 am
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Please note:

  • spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
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