Honda’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.
by Andrew Newton