1992 Honda NC30 Engine

HIGH BID: $650

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Essentially a scaled-down version of Honda’s legendary RC30, the VFR400R, or NC30, was a race-bred 400cc superbike introduced in the late 1980s. A smaller and cheaper alternative to the VFR750R, the 400 still possessed the same bodywork and livery as the 750, as well as its stellar reliability and fit and finish which had become Honda hallmarks.

Powering the NC30 was a carbureted, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, V4 with gear-driven cams that gave the NC30 a unique roar. With a relatively flat torque curve and a redline of 14,500rpm, the NC30’s V4 was good for around 30 ft-lbs of torque and just shy of 60hp. Top-speed was a respectable 130mph, and with a wet weight of only 400lbs, the VFR400R’s dual front 296mm discs and four-piston calipers were more than sufficient at slowing things down.

The VFR400R was created for the Japanese domestic market, though it was officially sold in parts of Europe for a time, albeit in limited numbers. Produced until being phased out in ’94, the NC30 wasn’t ever sold in the US, though grey market examples have found their way to US shores.

This example is engine #: NC13E1407844. The seller purchased it as part of a lot of NC30/35 parts. He didn’t need the engine, so he has decided to let it go so that it finds a new home!

We have no history on the motor, but for the listing we had our service department performed a cylinder leakage test. Their test came back with the following results:
#3 – 3%
#4 – 3%

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 engine is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any NC30 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Santa Barbara, California












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Total Bids Placed: 11

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: F78R

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
F78R June 6, 2023 9:59 am PDT $650 Auto
outobie June 6, 2023 9:59 am PDT $600
F78R June 6, 2023 9:59 am PDT $525 Auto
outobie June 6, 2023 9:59 am PDT $475
F78R June 5, 2023 7:29 pm PDT $275 Auto
gamma June 5, 2023 7:29 pm PDT $225
F78R June 4, 2023 12:59 pm PDT $175 Auto
ballsie June 4, 2023 12:59 pm PDT $125
F78R June 4, 2023 5:18 am PDT $60
mcenteno June 4, 2023 5:18 am PDT $10 Auto
mcenteno June 1, 2023 12:58 pm PDT $1
Auction started May 30, 2023 11:26 am PDT
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