Monday, 1 June 2015

Honda S800s

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Honestly. You spend ages formulating a hackneyed cliché about things-being-like-buses, and then three come along at once...

Honda's S800 was a thrilling prospect when it scurried onto the scene back in 1965. Debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show, the sporty little number had the MG Midget firmly in its crosshairs, with an arsenal of cutting-edge tech aiming to forge a devastating advantage. Of course, this was in an age before global confidence in Japanese cars, and the pipe-smoking British consumer naturally stuck with the MGs they knew and loved, which explains why you don't see S800s everywhere over here, but they were nevertheless a formidable proposition: the 791cc four-pot could propel the thing beyond 100mph, revving as high as 10,000rpm and still returning mpg in the thirties. Your money buys you disc brakes and a five-linked rear end (or even full independent suspension, if you can find an early enough example), safety glass, quite a lot of chrome, and oodles of style.
Cool, aren't they? I wonder if the running gear from a Daihatsu Charade GTti would fit in there...?

Spotted at MATP 2015 - more photos here.

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