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1977 Yamaha 50cc ‘Chappy’ with Pit Trailer

Lot No.: 385

Registration: Not Specified
Frame Number: 2U7-003761
Side Car: No
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 1
CC: 50cc
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Estimate (£): 500 - 600
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
No Reserve
  • Belonged to our vendor's friend in the US, genuine 635 miles from new
  • Converted to a 'Paddock Bike'. Complete with paddock trailer for wheels, tools etc 
  • Refinished in classic Gulf Racing colours Powder Blue and Marigold Orange
  • Much admired at Monaco Historic in 2016

 

Yamaha 'Chappys' were introduced in the 1970s as a direct response to Honda's small trail bikes. The most common models are the LB50 (50cc) and the LB80 (72ccl). The LB50s were normally fitted with pedals installed into the swingarm but, as in this case, they could be removed.

Our vendor was working in motor racing in the US and a friend's father mentioned that he had a virtually new Chappy that he had hardly ever used (635 miles from new) so it was duly purchased, taken apart (they were race engineers), refinished in one of motorsport's most distinctive colour schemes, reassembled without any unnecessary road equipment, and matched to a similarly coloured trolley. Whilst not going to break any lap records it will carry more weight than you might think. Beautifully presented and a must for any historic race event as a pit support combination or for just cruising the paddock and running those errands.