Honda s800 – quick peak at history

August 12, 2011 – 01:15 am

One of my favourite cars ever made is the Honda s800,especially the tin top. The s800 is what I believe to be the innovator of a style of cars I love more than any other (think suzuki cappuccino/mx5/s2000 )

The S800 is a sports car from Honda. Introduced at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show,the S800 would replace the successful Honda S600 as the company’s image car and would compete with the Austin-Healey Sprite,  MG Midget, Triumph Spitfire and Fiat 850 Spider.

Like the S600,it was available as either a coupe or roadster and continued the advanced technology of its predecessors. The 791 cc straight-4 engine produced 70 hp (52 kW) at 8000 rpm,thus making this Honda’s first 100 mph (160 km/h) automobile,but still allowing for 35 mpg (6.7 L/100 km). In April 1967 the car was described as the fastest production 1-litre car in the world thanks to its high revving engine and the manufacturer’s history of manufacturing powerful relatively low capacity motor-cycle engines.

Early examples continued to use the chain drive and independent suspension in the rear,but after these cars (752 roadsters and 242 coupés) were produced,Honda switched to a conventional live axlerear end with four radius rods and a Panhard rod. 604 roadsters and 69 coupes were built with this setup before disc brakes replaced the frontdrums.

Source: Wheel Friends

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2002-08-06 20:07:11 by AR164LS

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