The Honda RC164, ridden by Jim Redman and believed to be the only complete original RC164 in existence, is going up for sale. Bonhams will auction the bike for Jim Redman at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford, October 22, 2006.
These little 250cc GP machines were superb examples of engineering and are highly prized. The RC164 was the 4 cylinder precursor to the 6 cylinder RC174.
Built for and run by the works team, with only occasional loans to selected privateers, these hand-crafted masterpieces are extremely rare in private hands and only infrequently offered for sale. Only three complete four-cylinder machines of this particular type were made by Honda, and this one still has matching frame and engine numbers: ‘RC164-1’. It is believed to be the only original example of its kind still in existence – Jim remembers one being crashed and the engine of the other being removed to be put in another machine.
They expect the motorcycle to bring a record auction price of over £375,000 ($674,000).