1983 Honda Motocompo

SOLD FOR: $4,173

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on January 25, 2023

Winner: harlan

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

Description

Additional photos of this Honda Motocompo 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.

Ride on a loud sportbike and you’ll get some nods from people in the know – you’ll also get plenty of disapproving stares from people who can’t appreciate that sound of internal combustion. But ride a Motocompo, and everyone will love you.

This example is VIN: AB121027500.

There is no odometer, true mileage is unknown.

Maintenance:
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the carburetor float valve and the battery. We also gave the bike a detail.

Alex did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Year Front/ Rear: 1996/1996
Tire % Front/ Rear: 100/100
Brake % Front/ Rear :50+/50+
Oil: Ok
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Kill: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery: Ok

Modifications:
Please note: The bike arrived with a repainted side panel; the reds are not an exact match.

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 K338 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

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1983

Make

Honda

Model

Motocompo

Mileage

True Mileage Unknown

VIN

AB121027500

Title

Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country

N/A

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 22

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: harlan

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
harlan January 25, 2023 11:59 am $3,900
dreiswig75 January 25, 2023 11:59 am $3,800 Auto
harlan January 25, 2023 11:59 am $3,750
dreiswig75 January 25, 2023 11:58 am $3,600
harlan January 25, 2023 9:50 am $3,500 Reserve
dreiswig75 January 25, 2023 9:50 am $3,200 Auto
dreiswig75 January 25, 2023 9:44 am $3,100 Auto
Bigvee1979 January 25, 2023 9:44 am $3,000
dreiswig75 January 25, 2023 9:25 am $2,900
Bigvee1979 January 25, 2023 8:37 am $2,800
madmattdawson January 25, 2023 8:37 am $2,750 Auto
madmattdawson January 23, 2023 11:34 pm $2,600
dreiswig75 January 23, 2023 11:34 pm $2,500 Auto
dreiswig75 January 18, 2023 7:54 pm $2,355
madmattdawson January 18, 2023 7:54 pm $2,255 Auto
madmattdawson January 18, 2023 7:54 pm $1,700 Auto
dreiswig75 January 18, 2023 7:54 pm $1,600
madmattdawson January 18, 2023 6:06 pm $1,100
dreiswig75 January 18, 2023 6:06 pm $1,000 Auto
dreiswig75 January 18, 2023 10:26 am $600 Auto
lighty January 18, 2023 10:26 am $500
dreiswig75 January 18, 2023 9:10 am $1
Auction started January 18, 2023 8:49 am
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Shipping Information

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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
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We are located in Santa Monica, California 90405.
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