1968 Honda S800M Coupé

Lot Number 173

1968 Honda S800M Coupé

A lovely, UK-supplied, right-hand drive Mk2 with 49,894 miles indicated.

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  • BODY COLOUR
    Red
  • DRIVE
    RHD
  • Registration Number
    REG NUMBER
    SLB 27F
  • ODOMETER READING
    49894 Miles

SUMMARY

A lovely, UK-supplied, right-hand drive Mk2 with 49,894 miles indicated.

DESCRIPTION

  • A technological marvel from the days when engineers, not accountants, made the decisions
  • Remarkable numbers: 791cc, 70bhp, 9,000rpm, 790kg and 100mph
  • UK buyers of the S800 benefitted from a conventional final drive with a prop shaft and coil-sprung live rear axle rather than the chain-drive of the early cars
  • In February 1968, the S800M (aka Mk2) was introduced with flush mounted interior door handles, side marker lights outside, dual-circuit brakes and safety glass
  • This sparkling little S800 is indeed a Mk2 and is an original UK-supplied right-hand drive car first registered on 01/03/1968
  • From seven years current ownership, it's had three previous owners and has covered just 49,894 miles
  • Large history file documenting all recent expenditure, old MOTs etc. with a photographic record of a previous restoration
  • The little Honda is in great shape and will have a fresh MOT before the sale  

SPECIFICATION

Lot Number
173
Make
HONDA
Model
S800M
Variant
COUPE
Registration Number
SLB 27F
MOT Expiry
01/11/2024
Chassis Number
1005173
Engine Number
1007612
Transmission
Manual
Body Colour
Red

CONSIGNOR

Consignor

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CCA VENDOR CONDITION REPORT

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Restoration Notes

This example is in great shape. A car to enjoy. The S800 is a sports car from Honda. Introduced at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, the S800 would replace the successful Honda S600 as the company’s image car and would compete with the Austin-Healey Sprite, MG Midget, Triumph Spitfire and Fiat 850 Spider. Like the S600, it was available as either a coupe or roadster and continued the advanced technology of its predecessors. The 791 cc straight-4 engine produced 70 hp (52 kW) at 8000 rpm, thus making this Honda’s first 100 mph (160 km/h) car, but still allowing for 35 mpg (6.7 L/100 km). In April 1967 the car was described as the fastest production 1-litre car in the world thanks to its high revving engine (up to 10,000 rpm) and the manufacturer’s history of manufacturing powerful relatively low capacity motor-cycle engines. Early examples continued to use the chain drive and independent suspension in the rear. 752 roadsters and 242 coupés were then produced. After that Honda switched to a conventional drive-shaft, live axle rear end with four radius rods and a Panhard rod. 604 roadsters and 69 coupes were built with this setup before disc brakes replaced the front drums. In 1967, the S800 became available in Britain. By this time the model had the more conventional drive layout as stated above, with predictable handling and a firm ride. It was also cheaper than the Mini Cooper and Triumph Spitfire, in Britain. In February 1968, the S800M (aka S800MK2) was introduced with flush mounted interior door handles, side marker lights outside, dual-circuit brakes, lean burn carburetion under the bonnet and safety glass. These changes were made for the American market, but the car was never imported there officially. Production ended in May 1970 with 11,536 S800s produced. About this S800MK2 Well, it’s by no means a big car but by all means a great car. This example is restoration with respect of originality. Painted in red and with its black interior it is a head turner. Walking from a distance towards her she will get your attention. Small and beautiful. Very elegant bodyline with the right curves in the right places. Getting in is not really a problem and when you are in, well this car feels spacious. There is a nice history included in the paperwork. Large history file documenting all recent expenditure, old MOT’s etc, with photographic record of previous restoration. This car has been restored in the past. Good job done. See included in the paperwork. The paint is good but shows some imperfections. The nose has tempting eyes looking straight at you. The body panels are very well. All components are there, lights, glass, etc and in good condition. All door gaps are very good. Doors open and closes on the spot as does the bonnet and boot. Opening the really very small doors and thinking by yourself, I will never get into this, you just have to slide in and there it is, the big wooden steering wheel. The story goes that all steering wheels of every Honda S was made by a company making violins. True or not, it’s a nice thought. In front behind the steering wheel there is a race like dashboard. All round dials at the right place, all working. All you need to drive this car is there, but no more. The bare essential, as we like it. Starting procedure, insert the key, turn the key and enjoy the sound. The rev meter jumps up high, you already know that this engine is designed to go 10000 rpm plus. The seats are small and grab you in place to never let go again. The inside trim is good, and light turns on.

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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car

Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts

Good Everyday useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history

Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history

Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history

CONSIGNOR

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Vehicles can be collected from the Warwickshire Event Centre, CV31 1XN on Sunday 10th December between 10am and 3pm and Monday 11th December between 9am and 1pm.

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Due to venue restrictions we need to be clear of the WEC by 1pm on Monday 11th therefore any motor vehicles not collected by this time will be taken to our transport partners storage facility in Northampton for a fee of £150 plus VAT. Storage will be charged at £10 plus VAT per day.