No Reserve – 1983 Honda Motocompo

SOLD FOR: $6,848

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on January 14, 2023

Winner: Smokeshow

Winning Bid: $6,400
Buyer Fee: $448
Total: $6,848

Description

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.

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: AB121005114.

There is no odometer, so true mileage is unknown.

Maintenance:
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us swap the battery, the speedo, and the top cover. We also cleaned the carb and gave the bike a detail. Olly did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:

Tire Life %: Front / Rear: 80%
Brake Life %: Front / Rear : >50%
Oil: Ok
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery: Ok

Abhi also took it for a quick test ride to share on Instagram:

Modifications:
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 Bridgestone Molas scooter tires.

The sale includes two keys.

The sale also includes the factory cover.

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

AB121005114

Title

Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country

N/A

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 36

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: Smokeshow

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Smokeshow January 14, 2023 11:59 am $6,400 Auto
karsten23 January 14, 2023 11:59 am $6,300
Smokeshow January 14, 2023 11:57 am $6,200 Auto
karsten23 January 14, 2023 11:57 am $6,100
Smokeshow January 14, 2023 11:57 am $6,000 Auto
karsten23 January 14, 2023 11:57 am $5,900
Smokeshow January 14, 2023 8:33 am $5,800 Auto
karsten23 January 14, 2023 8:33 am $5,700
Smokeshow January 13, 2023 11:39 am $5,600 Auto
karsten23 January 13, 2023 11:39 am $5,500
Smokeshow January 12, 2023 9:04 am $5,100 Auto
karsten23 January 12, 2023 9:04 am $5,000
Smokeshow January 10, 2023 9:51 am $4,600
Number8 January 10, 2023 9:51 am $4,500 Auto
Number8 January 10, 2023 9:42 am $4,200
Smokeshow January 10, 2023 9:42 am $4,100 Auto
Smokeshow January 8, 2023 8:22 am $3,200
fourari January 8, 2023 6:34 am $3,100
Smokeshow January 8, 2023 6:34 am $3,000 Auto
Smokeshow January 8, 2023 12:03 am $2,450 Auto
owensexport January 8, 2023 12:03 am $2,350
Smokeshow January 7, 2023 8:36 pm $1,475
sdrcp January 7, 2023 8:36 pm $1,375 Auto
sdrcp January 7, 2023 6:27 pm $1,300
Heath January 7, 2023 5:43 pm $1,200
Carbide January 7, 2023 5:43 pm $1,112 Auto
Carbide January 7, 2023 4:51 pm $1,100
Grubeda7 January 7, 2023 4:51 pm $1,000 Auto
Grubeda7 January 7, 2023 4:50 pm $988 Auto
Carbide January 7, 2023 4:50 pm $888
Grubeda7 January 7, 2023 4:50 pm $655 Auto
Carbide January 7, 2023 4:50 pm $555
Grubeda7 January 7, 2023 4:49 pm $222
Carbide January 7, 2023 4:07 pm $122 Auto
panameno January 7, 2023 4:07 pm $101
Carbide January 7, 2023 12:48 pm $1 Reserve
Auction started January 7, 2023 10:54 am
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