2,882 Miles: 1972 Honda CT70 K1

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Not necessarily a bigger version of Honda’s Z50 but rather from the same family, this 1972 Honda CT70 K1 was a much more user-friendly bike for older riders and would have been street-legal in a lot of municipalities whereas the Z50 may not have been. The seller has this survivor listed here on eBay in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, and the current bid is $2,628, but the reserve isn’t met.

We’ve seen many CT70s here on Barn Finds over the years and they’ve really taken off in popularity over the last few years. Maybe due to everything else being snapped up by collectors, or the buyers now have the money that they didn’t have as kids to buy one. That would be my reason for buying something like this, reliving my youth, or the youth that I wish I would have had if I had a Honda 70.

You can probably notice that this example could use some new tires and a new seat cover, and it’s far from perfect, but that doesn’t seem to be hurting the bids. Honda made a couple of versions, one with a manual clutch-shifted transmission and one with a semi-automatic transmission. This is the latter, and arguably the more popular of the two models.

In 1972, they came in two colors only: Candy Ruby Red, and Candy Yellow Special, as seen in this example. You can see that with 2,882 miles, this one has been riding quite a bit – I’m assuming mostly off-road or on gravel back roads, but who knows. The seller says that everything works on it and there isn’t a title, which isn’t unusual. In some states, it’s easy to apply for a title by showing photos of the frame VIN and engine VIN, and photos of all four “sides” (each side, front, and back).

The engine is Honda 72-cc OHC single-cylinder, which had six horsepower. This one doesn’t smoke and it runs great, according to the seller. It has an aftermarket carburetor, and with a little restoration (painting engine covers, some polishing, new wheels, new seat cover, etc.), this could be worth $7,000, give or take. That’s Hagerty’s #2 excellent condition value. Let’s hear those Honda CT70 stories!

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  1. Howie

    I have seen mint ones go for over $10k.

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    • Carl SmithMember

      How much are you asking for the Honda

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  2. Maggy

    No title and it’s not a k0 going for this much in this condition? Too much imo. My trans guy has an orange 70 k0 he wants 3k for with a title and it’s nicer than this one and I thought he wanted too much.

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    • john

      well dont you think you should buy it instead of complaining .

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    • Greg

      Hook me up for the 3k Ko

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  3. Alex L.

    I’m working on a four speed 1970 ct70 now. Amazing the prices these being now.

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  4. Paul Miller

    I had a CT 70 as a kid, back in the early 70’s I don’t remember what year it was. It was an aqua blue and I had repainted it. It was my first dirt bike. I cannot imagine riding that thing for 2700 miles. It beat the s*** out of me back then. Bought it for $75 and sold it for $150

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  5. cmarvMember

    I sold a mint original 1970 Candy Blue Green CT70H with 456 original miles with the original PA. “A” title with dealer installed luggage rack and crash bars last fall for $7500 . I’ve been told multiple times since that I sold it way cheap . I got a 69 Candy Sapphire Blue Z50A from the same man that was rode once by his daughter and stored under blankets with the other in the back of his two car garage . I am keeping the Z50 . If you want to see the crazy prices on these little bikes check BAT sold listings , it’s amazing .

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  6. Kenn

    Awfully worn rear tire for only 2700 miles.

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  7. Scotty GilbertsonAuthor

    This was absolutely stolen at $2,980!

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