In an on-line auction that ended October 2nd, a production Superbike made in 1982 sold for an unprecedented $107,000.
The bike is a very rare 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000 S1, which was the customer version of Kawasaki's AMA Superbike. The item description on eBay states that this bike was still crated in a Kawasaki dealership in the mid-1980s when finally sold to the original owner who did not ride the bike.
Eddie Lawson won the 1982 AMA Superbike championship on a factory version of the S1. While S1s were at one time plentiful and tuners like Gary Medley, Rob Muzzy and others had garages full of S1 parts, original bikes and parts are now very rare. The S1 is truly a legendary Superbike, but just about any off the floor 600 would lap it.
A full package of spares came with the machine auctioned on eBay. The bike and spares kit looked to be in nearly new condition.
In 1982, Kawasaki presented Eddie Lawson with a KZ1000 ELR (serial number 21--Lawson's racing number) streetbike as a gift. After sitting for years in his father's garage, Lawson put the bike in a secure location.
In recent years the value of the ultra-rare S1 and the ELR have steadily appreciated.
While not representative of what a 1982 ELR is worth, Lawson has said that he has turned down offers from Japanese collectors of over one million dollars for his VIN number 021 1982 Kawasaki ELR.