1969 Honda CB450P Police Special
Frame no. CB450P-3011924
Police bikes are big capacity, daunting machines with all the bells and whistles… literally. And in the ‘60s they were Harley-Davidsons, more often than not, the big 74ci version, too. All very big, powerful and ultimately patriotic. But Honda, forever looking to cross-market their wares, produced a Police bike. At the time, the CB450 Black Bomber was the flagship, so the company brought over a handful of specially designated CP450 K0s in full Police trim. A handful is about right with only 25 of the first 4-speed iteration machines making it here.
The Black Bomber was a plucky machine with double overhead cams and plenty of power at 43bhp to propel the diminutive machine to healthy speeds with all the reliability Honda could offer. Honda painted the Police-spec machines a creamy white and adorned them with all the trinkets a cop of the time would need – siren, all kinds of lighting and a speedometer that featured a press-button action to freeze the needle to catch speeders in the act and provide proof. Think analogue radar gun.
The bike on offer here is a second generation K1, of 1969 vintage, featuring the greatly improved 5-speed gearbox. It started it’s more recent life as a total, though very complete, basket case. In the hands of a very capable enthusiast and restorer, the bike was resurrected to the beauty it is today. Anything missing was sourced and only OEM parts in their original packaging were good enough for the build. Needless to say, it took some time to complete. Now, this spectacular and rare bike is reported to run as well as the appearance would suggest.
The Police version of the K1 was built in very limited numbers, with general consensus at no more than 250 for the World, and with a fairly low survival rate. This is a hugely popular bike at shows, concours and riding events, and is a must-have for any discerning collection – it’s beautiful, as rare as hen’s teeth and just great fun.