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Japauto, from Paris, was the importer for Honda in France. In 1970, they sent a CB 750 to the Bol d'Or endurance race which finished as a remarkable 20th.

In the following year, they came out with their first big bore kit named the 950SS which featured 70mm bore and a 970cc displacement.

Most probably due to problems with oil leakage Japauto in 1973 decided to design a completely new cylinder block and named it the VX1000.

Japauto Honda

In 1972 Japauto introduced their own chassis, called "La panthère", but later that project was abandoned in favor of Dresda chassis which again were raced successfully in endurance races.


The present

Japauto is still alive as a Honda shop, but the traditional CB 750 line is supported by the VX1000 Club de France. They re-manufacture various Japauto items, including the VX1000 kit.

43, avenue de la Grande Armée
75016 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 44 17 36 10

VX1000 Club de France
Patrick Massé
14 Rue Saint Romain
Tel: +33 1 30 27 21 12
Email: 1000vx-club@wanadoo.fr

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