To “E” or not to “E” - that is the question

I have owned quite a few odd, interesting and early model Honda models, including a 1952 F Cub, a 1953 Benly J and a 1960 CB92 #24. Other than owning factory CR race bikes, probably the most unavailable and untouchable Honda model has been the E series Dreams. Many years ago, restorer Jeff Lloyd performed an amazing restoration of a 4E Dream, featured in several magazine articles, at the time. Restoring a 60+-year old Honda, which never saw the North American shores, can be a daunting task, to say the least, but that one turned out to be a beautiful machine.

I recently acquired a photocopy of the E-5E parts manual, containing all hand-drawn illustrations and their res