The Honda Z50 Monkey was introduced in the UK in 1969, featuring a 49-cc four-stroke engine, and it has been produced in an almost unchanged format ever since. It’s hard to resist the charm of the legendary minibike from Honda, which could name John Lennon among its devotees. The late Beatle was seen riding it around his Tittenhurst Park estate before he moved to New York in 1971, which is when the current owner acquired it.
The minibike is still in running order with ‘matching’ frame and engine numbers, while most of the parts are original and unrestored. While this may not be a 250 GTO or DB4 GT Zagato, the sentimental value of owning a vehicle previously belonging to Lennon is the reason it’s on everyone’s radar. The Z50 will be auctioned by H&H Classics at the National Motorcycle Museum in West Midlands, UK on 4 March.