1968 Honda S800 Roadster
Chassis no. 1005008
La S800 avec son moteur prenant 8 000 tr/min et donnant 70 ch était donnée pour près de 161 km/h et fort capable den remontrer aux Spridget et autres Spitfire dune cylindrée bien supérieure. La production totale de la S800 approcha les 11 500 exemplaires entre 1965 et 1970. De nos jours, cette « Type E miniature » a ses fanatiques et son avenir en collection est largement assuré.
Vendue neuve le 1e août 1968, cet exemplaire a été acheté il y a un an à un collectionneur français. La voiture est en état dorigine et en bon état de fonctionnement. Élégante et très séduisante, cette Honda sport historique et pleine de charme est offerte avec sa carte grise française et sans prix de réserve.
Sans prix de réserve.
Not surprisingly, considering that it was - and still is - the worlds largest producer of motorcycles, Hondas first sports cars featured technology borrowed from its Grand Prix-winning two-wheelers. Engines were all-aluminium, twin-overhead-camshaft, four-cylinder units with roller bearings used throughout, and the early 531cc S500 and 606cc S600 models employed a part-chain transmission. Introduced in 1963, the S500 was Hondas first production motor car of any kind. Despite the tiny engine its performance was amazing, a top speed of around 80mph (129km/h) being achievable under favourable conditions. The engine red line was set at an unprecedented 9,500rpm.
Launched in March 1964, the S600 was the first of the family to be available as a closed coupé (the S500 was produced as a roadster only) and the first to be manufactured in left-hand drive form for export. It was also the most successful, out-selling both its predecessor and the later S800.
Introduced in 1965 at the Tokyo Motor Show, the last-of-the-line 791cc S800 retained the separate ladder-frame chassis and chain drive of its predecessors. After approximately 1,000 cars had been produced, the S800 adopted a more conventional final drive consisting of a prop shaft and coil-sprung live rear axle located by radius arms and a Panhard rod. Front disc bakes, replacing the original drums, were standardised soon after. A revised version - the S800M - was introduced in 1968 incorporating side repeater lights, dual-circuit brakes, flush-fitting door handles, safety glass and a lean burn engine, changes aimed at the American market although the car was never officially imported there.
Revving to 8,000rpm and with 70bhp on tap, the S800 was good for almost 100mph (161km/h) and more than capable of giving the larger Spridgets and Spitfires a run for their money. Coupé and roadster versions of the S800 were offered, a total of approximately 11,500 being manufactured between 1965 and 1970. Today these Japanese miniature E-Types enjoy a cult following and are catered for by a most enthusiastic owners club.
Sold new on 1st August 1968, this example was purchased by the current owner one year ago from a French collector. The car is in original condition and presented in good working order. Stylish and undeniably most attractive, this charming and historic Honda sports car is offered with French Carte Grise.
Offered without reserve