JDM, or Japan Domestic Market, an acronym used to refer to the Japanese domestic market in relation to goods of various types and, in our case, also to cars. And really wanting to tickle a vintage model, therefore with well over 30 years on the wheels, our Andrea went to find a Honda among the smallest but delicious in the history of the Japanese manufacturer, a rear-wheel drive that he defines as “a real gem. “Is very reductive.
Those were the years in which Honda in Italy was known for motorcycles and, although the Japanese manufacturer had already thrown itself into cars since the early 60s, little had changed, until 1966, the year of the debut of the S800 coupé.
Super-compact, being just 3 meters 34 cm long, this Honda was not welcomed with open arms in Europe, due to a style defined at the time as “anything but avant-garde”. The entrance, or rather, the descent into the passenger compartment, was also not easy, in which the more compact Japanese body made itself felt compared to the European sizes, on average more corpulent.
It was already spinning high
The beating heart of the S800 is a 791 cc 4-cylinder with two overhead camshafts driven by a chain, while the carburetion is entrusted to 4 Keihin elements, with the maximum power delivered equal to 78 HP at 8,000 rpm, while the transmission includes a 4-speed synchronized gearbox.
And if the set-up was conventional for those years – independent wheel front and rigid rear axle – in addition to the disc brakes at the front, the most attractive feature is the weight: 755 kg for the Coupe and 704 kg for the Spider.
It cost like the Giulia GT
In 1970 the Coupe in Italy could be bought for 1,450,000,000 lire and, just to be clear, the Alfa Giulia GT 1300 cost 1,780,000,000 lire.
Going back to the little-big Honda S800, currently in Europe there are more Spiders than Coupes, with prices ranging between 18 and 26,000 euros, excluding the S800s for complete restoration, offered for a few thousand euros, but the game is not always worth it. candle right now, especially for such specialized projects.
Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.
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