1996 Honda Monkey Z50 Gold Limited Edition

SOLD FOR: $3,200

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on December 30, 2022

Winner: Ep

Winning Bid: $2,950
Buyer Fee: $250
Total: $3,200


Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

Affectionately called the “Monkey” in other markets, the Mini Trail (as branded in the US) started life in 1961 as a ride at the Tama Tech amusement park, a former venture owned by a Honda subsidiary that was all about promoting the “joys of driving”.

The name came from the fact that riders looked like monkeys on the diminutive machines, but the bikes proved so popular that Honda created a production version in 1964. Between the small wheels and the ultra-compact wheelbase, riders of any size could swing a leg over knowing that they’d be in for a good time. Japan and Europe got to play with it first, but American riders got their chance in 1968 with a model designated the Z50.

For the engine, Honda borrowed the same, proven 49cc four-stroke single as found in the C100 step-thru. Though it made a mere 4.5hp, the four-speed gearbox allowed the bike to have plenty of giddyup for its size. In fact, Monkeys are perfectly streetable in many parts of the world — they can even be plated should you choose.

Over the course of the Z50’s production life, Honda has released several limited edition — and thus highly collectible — variants. In 1984, Japan got just 5,000 Gold Edition models finished in gold chrome paint and specced with lights and signals. Some two years later, the Monkey was treated to an eye-catching “Christmas Special” colorway (officially known as the Z50RD), outfitted with even more chrome and complemented by some red, white, and blue accents.

Come 1996, Honda revived the Gold Edition for a second run. As before, a mere 5,000 units left the factory, each one destined for the Japanese market.

This example is VIN: Z50J2300150. The seller is a partner of Iconic who sources motorcycles from Japan for export.

The odometer shows 7,152 kilometers (4,444 miles).

Aftermarket exhaust.

Aftermarket seat cover.

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 its original Dunlop Roadmaster TT100 tires.

The sale includes four keys.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California, this Honda is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any Monkey Gold Edition stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information


Santa Monica, California






Monkey Gold Edition






Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country


Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges


Total Bids Placed: 20

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: Ep

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Ep December 29, 2022 7:52 pm $2,950 Auto
fourari December 29, 2022 7:52 pm $2,850
Ep December 27, 2022 10:46 am $2,700 Reserve
Louvros December 27, 2022 10:46 am $2,001 Auto
Louvros December 26, 2022 2:45 pm $1,602
RaceDayWonder December 26, 2022 2:37 pm $1,502
Louvros December 26, 2022 2:37 pm $1,500 Auto
Louvros December 26, 2022 2:32 pm $1,350
RaceDayWonder December 26, 2022 1:51 pm $1,250
Louvros December 26, 2022 1:51 pm $1,200 Auto
Louvros December 25, 2022 3:12 pm $801
micktorious11 December 25, 2022 11:55 am $701
Carbide December 25, 2022 11:55 am $629 Auto
Carbide December 25, 2022 10:51 am $600
micktorious11 December 25, 2022 10:50 am $500 Auto
Carbide December 25, 2022 10:50 am $444
micktorious11 December 25, 2022 10:39 am $269
Carbide December 25, 2022 10:38 am $169 Auto
micktorious11 December 25, 2022 10:38 am $110
Carbide December 23, 2022 8:33 pm $1
Auction started December 23, 2022 10:23 am
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Shipping Information

Continental US:
Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.

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.
Local Rates (one way):
0-50 miles: $150
50-150 miles: $300

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