Gem From Japan – 1966 Honda S800

roadsterHonda’s first foray into sports cars started with the S500 in 1963 and ended when the S800 went out of production in 1970. The diminutive little two seaters were undeniably handsome although almost comically small, and the S600 gave Honda its first victory on four wheels at the Nurburgring in 1964. In typical Honda fashion, these cars offered a wonderful combination of fun and reliability with clever engineering that squeezed a lot of power out of not a lot of displacement. The 791 cc S800 was naturally the fastest of the series, with 70 horsepower at a screaming 8,000 rpm and 100 mph possible.

This right-hand drive example is a 1966 car and presumably one of the early chain-drive S800s. It is advertised in Japan with 65,000 km (40,389 mi) on the odometer, and the seller claims to have an agent in Los Angeles to aid in importing.

These little Hondas have seen a rise in value recently as have many Japanese classics, but this one is still a bit steep, and it’s no secret that buying a car from overseas can be a major headache. It does at least appear to be a prime low mileage example, though,and (if you can fit inside) would be an absolute blast to drive.

Check out the 1966 Honda S800 here on eBay, where the starting bid is set at $36,000 with no takers yet.

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