"COMING TO AUCTION"
WEDNESDAY 15th APRIL 2015 at IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, DUXFORD
1969 HONDA S 800
Estimate: (£) 12,000 - 14,000
- 1 of 7,738 S800 coupes produced between 1965 and 1970
- Highly advanced and jewel-like 791cc DOHC four-cylinder engine
This delightfully-presented left-hand drive, late series Honda S800 Coupe features White bodywork contrasted by Black interior trim. It is believed to have been delivered new to Italy and currently displays just 29,900 unwarranted kilometres. The vendor considers the 70bhp straight-four engine, four-speed manual gearbox, three-door bodywork, paintwork and interior trim to all be in `good' order. It is therefore a seemingly tidy example of a true automotive icon. The S800 was a direct development of the S600, Honda's first mass market car, that show-cased technology evolved from its Grand Prix-winning motorcycles. The all-aluminium, DOHC, 606cc, four-cylinder engine featured one Keihin carburettor per cylinder and revved to an (at the time) astonishing 8,500 rpm giving over 80bhp/ton. By the 1965 Tokyo Motorshow, the S600 had been supplanted by the bigger capacity (791cc) S800, just 11,536 examples of which were produced between then and 1970; 7,738 of which were Coupes like the sale car.
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