Green Day is Selling Off Its Automotive Assets; Two Honda CBs and a Karmann Ghia
2004’s "American Idiot" became somewhat of an anthem for prepubescent teens everywhere, even though Green Day had been pumping out anti-establishment hits long before the 2000s rolled around. But that edgy, in-your-face style wasn’t all just for show—it rang true for members of the band both on stage, and on the road. What you’re looking at are three vehicles owned, at one point or another, by members of the band Green Day. A 1974 Honda CB400 Super Sport, a 1976 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer, and a superbly clean 1965 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. All beautiful, all with letters of authenticity, all for sale. RELATED: Billie Joe Armstrong's Rockin', Retro Beetle is Heading to Auction
Let’s start with the Karmann Ghia. If you have any inkling of classic car knowledge, than the Karmann Ghia is a car that needs no introduction. In this writer’s opinion, the prettiest VW ever made. This one has been kept original-looking and pristine by Green Day’s bass player Mike Dirnt. The current bid is $5,400 (per this writing).
Moving on from four wheels to two, the 1974 Honda CB (red) was owned by Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong. It’s astoundingly clean, and features a 408cc engine, 18-inch staggered wheels, and just 32,800 miles on the odometer. The starting bid on this one is a mere $1,974.
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And last, but certainly not least: this cool 1976 Honda CB Cafe Racer custom (black), also owned by bass player Mike Dirnt. It was masterfully built by the legendary Steve “Carpy” Carpenter, and would have cost Dirnt somewhere close to $30,000 for the build; the current bid on eBay is just $2,001.
To sweeten the pot, each vehicle comes with a signed guitar from Billie Joe Armstrong (1974 CB), and Mike Dirnt (Karmann Ghia/1976 CB), and of course, the signed letters of authenticity assuring everything is legit.
Whether you’re a fan of the band or not, you should come around to the idea of owning one of these beautiful machines, otherwise you’ll be hitchin’ a ride, down a boulevard of broken dreams. I’m sorry.
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