The Honda Z50 was launched in March 1964 and was originally intended as a machine for children to use in Japanese amusement parks.
Compact, light in weight, and fitted with a beautifully designed 50cc OHC engine and 3-speed transmission, it became such a popular general purpose form of transport that Honda decided to offer the bike to a wider audience, eventually introducing it to European customers in 1967 where it was affectionately dubbed the ‘Monkey bike’ because its diminutive frame size meant that its riders had to adopt an ape-like riding position.
This 1972 example is a Z50A or ‘High Bar’ model, the A denoting that it is an American market bike with high handlebars and a full set of lighting (you can’t really see your average ‘big-boned’ Yank wobbling down to McDonalds on a low bar model in the pitch dark can you? Imagine the lawsuits, especially if they spill that unexpectedly hot McCoffee down their gusset…).
Recently imported to the UK but not yet registered here, it appears to be totally original with only 5,855 miles indicated and comes with a Honda Dating Certificate and a NOVA reference which should make getting it UK registered straightforward with the requisite DVLA form.