In 1976, Honda released about 2,000 copies of the GL1000 Gold Wing LTD, featuring superior upholstery, a taller handlebar, and special-edition paintwork. The Japanese head-turner comes to life thanks to a liquid-cooled 999cc flat-four powerplant, with a single overhead camshaft, four Keihin carburetors, and a compression ratio of 9.2:1.
This bad boy is good for up to 78 hp at 7,000 rpm, while a torque output of 61 pound-feet (83 Nm) will be spawned when the crank spins at 5,500 revs. A five-speed constant-mesh gearbox transmits the engine’s force to a shaft final drive, resulting in a top speed of 122 mph (196 kph). Additionally, the Gold Wing is capable of accelerating from zero to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in 5.1 seconds, which is actually quite decent for a behemoth that weighs 584 pounds (265 kg) dry.
The powertrain modules are held in place by a steel double-cradle frame that rests on 37 mm (1.5 inches) telescopic forks and dual preload-adjustable shock absorbers. Honda’s limited-edition treasure flaunts a pair of 232 mm (9.1 inches) brake discs and twin-piston calipers up front, along with a 250 mm (9.8 inches) rotor and a single-piston caliper on the other end.
Now that we’ve talked about the bike’s fundamentals, let’s be a bit more specific. The ‘76 MY GL1000 you see here packs a fresh battery, refurbished carbs and a gold-anodized rear luggage rack, as well as top-shelf Battlax BT45 rubber from Bridgestone. Moreover, this sexy thing has been owned by a single individual, and its five-digit analog odometer shows a little under 20k miles (32,000 km).
The Gold Wing LTD is making its way to the auction block at no reserve as we speak, with a top bid of 8,000 freedom bucks. If you’d like to see this old-school berserker in your driveway, be sure to visit the BaT (Bring A Trailer) website before October 26, when the online auction will reach its conclusion.