Post Sale Update: This P50 sold for $2,200 after 47 bids on eBay.
Honda has an extensive history with small displacement scooters and mopeds, but the P50 stands out as it was the last time the firm utilized a motor-wheel design (in which the drivetrain is all housed within the hub of the drive wheel). Most motor-wheel designs across the industry used 2-stroke motors, but Soichiro Honda’s distaste for smokers meant that the P50 featured a 49cc OHC 4-stroke single. This was the introduction to Honda for many European riders.
The 49cc motor produced 1.2 horsepower and top speed was a claimed 25 miles per hour. The fuel tank (.7 gallons) was mounted above the rear fender and the entire vehicle weighed just 99 pounds dry. This is a rare export model in light green – most are blue or red, like this previously featured example.
This example has been with the seller for over 5 years, and he’s got it titled as a motorcycle and equipped with a collector’s plate. The bike has a new exhaust, an “overhauled” top end, and the optional turn signals. It’s also got the owner’s manual, service manual, dealer assembly manual, and the complete tool kit. The seller notes that the interior of the headlight is missing spring clips and it has a non-OEM solution to keep everything together: “I have searched for years, for the parts, to make it right and I cannot find them.”
Find this P50 for sale in Superior, Wisconsin with an unmet opening bid of $50