No Reserve – 1957 Honda JC57 Benly Project

SOLD FOR: $1,550

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on August 18, 2022

Winner: JeffW

Winning Bid: $1,300
Buyer Fee: $250
Total: $1,550


Additional photos of this Honda JC57 Benly are available here for your perusal.

In 1953, Honda debuted their first model under the “Benly” name – it came from the Japanese word “benri”, which means “convenient.”

The original model had a 89cc engine which produced 3.8 horsepower, but by 1957 the Benly was powered by a 125cc motor that made 8 horsepower.

It was launched in November 1956 for the following model year, and in addition to the constantly-evolving engine the JC57 got a leading-link front suspension with oil damping and new 18″ wheels.

As Canadian Biker put it, “if the later CB92 Benly (which this seller is also offering as a project) is all about performance, the JC57’s selling points are style, comfort and build quality.” Soichiro Honda visited NSU in 1954, and many motorcycling experts feel that heavily inspired the styling of this model.

This example is VIN: JC57740118. The seller acquired it as a restoration project at a Mid-America Auction in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2003, but he does not have the time to restore the bike so he wants to find it a new home with someone that will bring it back to life.

There is no speedometer/odometer, true mileage is unknown.

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 Kings Tires tires which have aged out.

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 JC57 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: JeffW

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
JeffW August 18, 2022 7:06 am $1,300
Tfunakoshi August 18, 2022 7:06 am $1,200 Auto
JeffW August 18, 2022 7:06 am $1,100
Tfunakoshi August 17, 2022 2:02 pm $700 Auto
JeffW August 17, 2022 2:02 pm $600
Tfunakoshi August 16, 2022 11:01 pm $450
ManekiNeko August 16, 2022 7:53 am $350
dreiswig75 August 16, 2022 7:53 am $300 Auto
dreiswig75 August 14, 2022 6:54 pm $201 Auto
RClarke August 14, 2022 6:54 pm $101
dreiswig75 August 13, 2022 3:36 pm $1 Reserve
Auction started August 11, 2022 7:17 am
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