Honda S800

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Honda S800

1965 - 1979
4 cyl.
791 cc
70 bhp
4 spd. man
Top Speed:
152 km/h
Number Built:
4 star
Honda S800
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 4


The post World War II motorcycle manufacturer first ventured into the automobile industry with the creation of an even smaller S500 sports car. Unlike the S500's chain drive, however, the S800 was finally designed to be more 'car like', using a conventional drive to the rear wheels and an ordinary live axle located by trailing arms and a Panhard rod.

Undercutting the Mini Cooper and Triumph Spitfire in price, the vehicle soon made in-roads into the more traditional British sports car category and the rest was history.

It had a maximum of over 160 km/h, thus proving it was a "great 100 mile per hour car", as Honda used to say in its adverts.

In May 1966, only four months after going on sale, the S800 went through a fairly major change. Honda replaced its aluminium chain-case independent rear suspension with a simpler rigid axle secured by four links and Panhard rod.

The last of these peppy Honda Sports was the S800M. Launched in Febuary 1968, it was a more refined and luxurious upgrade of the S800. While power stayed the same at 70 ps, the S800M came equipped with things like factory auto-seek radio and big capacity heater.

When the last S800M rolled off the line in May 1970, it brought production of the whole series to nearly 25,000 cars. At that point, Honda stopped production of the Honda Sports. An era was over.

A small note: The S2000 was not the first Honda to rev well above its competition. The S500 developed 44 bhp at 8000 rpm and the S800 could even rev as high as 10,000 rpm.
Honda S800

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Greg Poole
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...bought the Honda S800 convertible as my first car for $395!
- a fantastic car w twin extractor system, roller crank & 4 carbs ..all standard issue. One of the best handling & economical I have ever driven.
Worse tho g I ever did was selling it for only $475 when it needed a new alternator. Sob!
Michael Wilson
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I owned a Honda S800 coupe puchased new from John Jones Motors in St Kilda in 1966. Roof racks carried surfboards and kayaks in comfort and style.
It was a fantastic little car. Honda made a big mistake not continuing this model. It would have been more than good competition for Mazda's MX5
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