VITAL STATS

Honda S800 (1966 – 1970)

Great things come in small packages

In 1965 Japan launched its next image car at the Tokyo Motor Show; this was set to compete with the British and Italian dominance in the European market when it came to sporting coupes and roadsters. The Honda S800 was the last to wear the S badge until 1999 with the S2000 being produced.

The little S800 not only had more than adequate performance considering its tiny engine size being just 791 cc it also had good fuel economy at 35 mpg. With just over 11,500 sales worldwide it wasn’t massively successful against stiff competition such as the MG Midget and the Fiat 850 spider but did act as a shop window for the Honda engineer’s talent. The S800 still has a loyal following today.

The Honda S800 holds a good value in today’s market being a fun car to drive plus its rarity and it sounds like a mini Formula 1 car. Honda produced a little gem back in the sixties as it still does today.

LOREM IPSUM

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LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc

LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc
SPECIFICATION
Years Produced1966 - 1970
Performance0 - 60 mph 13.4 sec / Top Speed - 101 mph
Power & Torque70 bhp / 49 lb ft
Engine791 cc four cylinder / 8 valves
Drive trainfront engine / RWD
TransmissionFour speed manual
Weight771 kg
VALUATION SINCE LAUNCH
 Launch201020112012201320142015
Concourse£779.00£10,000.00£12,500.00£15,000.00£17,000.00£20,000.00£25,000.00
Excellent£6,000.00£7,000.00£8,000.00£10,000.00£12,000.00£15,000.00
Good£3,500.00£4,000.00£5,000.00£6,000.00£8,000.00£10,000.00
Fair£2,500,00£3,000.00£3,500.00£4,000.00£5,000.00£7,000.00

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A BUYERS GUIDE

The Honda S800 has never been that popular in the UK and so there won’t be a massive choice if you’re looking to buy one of these high revving little sports cars, but that will be down to the fact only 1100 coupes were sold in the UK and just 250 roadsters.

Hopefully as these little beauties will have probably been owned by an enthusiast they should be in good condition, so serious corrosion is unlikely. The key areas to check are the cross member under the diff and the outriggers. More problematic is the joint between the inner and outer front wings, sills, rear valance and rear wings these can all corrode badly as do A-posts, door bottoms and floor pans.

Engines are reliable but will need rebuilding at around 70,000 miles. Check for any oil leaks and any uneven idling caused by cracks in the carburettor mountings.

Exhaust systems need to be checked for corrosion and due to their complexity can be tough to replace. Clutches are strong and the transmission was designed to handle a lot more power and so will wear well. Rear axles are also robust although a little whining is inevitable.

INSURING A Honda S800 (1960 – 1970)

At Heritage Classic car Insurance with 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in house agreed value service and salvage retention should the worst happen at no extra cost, and with limited mileage and club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. Here are some typical examples of how little your insurance could be.

  • Quotations based on fully comprehensive cover (insured only to drive age 60)

Annual premium – £85.08 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • Quotations based on fully comprehensive cover (insured only to drive age 45)

Annual premium – £101.22 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • Quotations based on fully comprehensive cover (insured only to drive age 30)

Annual premium – £106.31 with a £250 accidental damage excess.

*NB: Insurance quotes based on the following criteria:

  • The vehicle garaged overnight
  • The insurer has no records of accidents, claims or convictions
  • The insurer drives a main car daily and doesn’t exceed a mileage of 3000 per annum

Quotations based on an Agreed Value of £10,000. But, prices may alter depending on individual criteria.

INTERESTING FACT

In April 1967 the Honda S800 became the fastest production car in the world under 1 litre. The S800 could rev up to 10,000 rpm and reach over 100 mph with a 791 cc engine.

Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says

“The Honda S800 was a foreign underdog back in the sixties with the likes of the British making fine roadsters like the MG B and the Healey Sprite. The S800 was cheaper than a Mini and more comfortable than the Midget, but home grown talent was too strong for the Japanese pocket rocket!”

INSURING A Honda S800 (1960 – 1970)

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