27th Mar, 2024 13:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

  Lot 276

1976 Kawasaki Z900A4
The first 130mph superbike

Sold for £9,430

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: MMK 823P
Frame No: Z1F 510516
Engine No: 1Z1E 122387
MOT: September 2024

  • Authentically presented twin disc Z900 A4 model
  • Fitted with a good quality pattern 4 into 4 exhaust
  • Repainted by Dream Machine, supplied with a V5C

Kawasaki Heavy Industries is one of the largest corporations in Japan producing a wide range of products from rolling stock to ships. After taking over the ailing Meguro Motorcycle Company they began manufacturing motorcycles under the Kawaski name in the early sixties, first continuing development of the K1 BSA A10 copy but soon moving on to build a reputation for high-performance 2-stroke twins and triples. In the early ‘70s the four-stroke four-cylinder Z1 was initially developed as a 750cc to compete with the new Honda SOHC 750 but Kawasaki held the bike back until it could be increased in capacity to set a new benchmark for superbike performance. With its DOHC 900cc engine offering a top speed of over 130mph it easily became the fastest mass-produced bike in the world and is now one of the most desirable bikes of the 1970s. The A4 was the last of the 903cc four-pipe models before the engine was enlarged to become the Z1000 in 1977.

This authentically restored and beautifully presented Z900 was imported from the USA in 1996 where it would have been known as a KZ900. By the mid 1970s Kawasaki had opened a manufacturing plant in Nebraska, built to get around the strict import restrictions put in place to protect Harley Davidson. This KZ900 was more than likely made by 'Kawasaki Motors Corporation USA' and then sold to Kawasaki Rhode Island USA on the 7th June 1976, with a copy of the original statement to that effect included in the sale. Bought by the vendor in 2003, and ridden by him sparingly since, it is fitted with the optional twin disc front brakes and a good quality replica aftermarket 4 into 4 exhaust system.

restored as an ongoing project, the engine was rebuilt in 2004 by the Japanese motorcycle enthusiast at Verity’s Motorcycles in St Ives Cambridgeshire using OEM parts. After a few years of use, in late 2012 and early 2013, the motorcycle was stripped down and given a cosmetic restoration with all relevant parts repainted by Dream Machine. The original speedometer clock has been replaced, therefore the total mileage for the motorcycle is actually 29,934, made up mainly of the 27,902 on the original clock and 2,032 miles since the change. This can be confirmed via MOT certificates, most of which are provided from 1997 until 2017 when the motorcycle was recognised as an Historic Vehicle and they were no longer required, although a new MOT is now present, valid until 20th September 2024, to identify its roadworthiness together with a current V5C.

For more information, please contact:
Ian Cunningham


Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 27th Mar, 2024

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