The Golden Monkey

GoldenMonkeyBike_HeroThe Honda Monkey Bike is an iconic design in its own right. It’s no Lambretta, but the funky monkey is the original funky moped. This one, a Z50JT – is a bit special. It’s a limited “Gold Edition” bike from 1996 and described as being in ‘perfect’ condition.

This bike played a part in the Jamiroquai music video for Seven Days in Sunny June, so if you get it, you’re buying a small part of music history!

On eBay £5,999 here.

Of course, Lambretta fans will know Lambretta produced their own Golden Special, and I’d be remiss in not linking to it 🙂

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Oldies but Goldies…

The Golden Special, along with it’s slightly less impressive ‘sister’ The Silver Special was launched in 1965 by Innocenti to give the LI Special range a bit of a boost. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Golden Special, which is just my personal taste, I don’t think the colour sets off the lines of machine as well as the some of the other combos. I’m just not a gold kinda guy, too blingy for me. Don’t like the gold iPhone, don’t like gold taps, I don’t even reckon Gold is Spandau Ballet’s best song.

But if you’ve got a taste for the finer things in life, there are a couple of Golden Specials on eBay. They’re not mega rare, but they are far from run-of-the-mill.

The first one is in it’s original paint, a wonderful, unrestored example, straight form Italy. It would really benefit from being kept ‘as is’ or a conserved restoration. It’s on eBay, here.

The second has taken the Golden Special, and added gold. Gold plated engine parts and brightwork. It looks very classy next to that well preserved ’80’s Vespa (a Cosa? I’m no expert!) If it floats your boat, check it out on eBay