1991 Festival Red Honda Beat
The Honda Beat is starting to become a bit of a staple around the Japanese Classics lot. All of the guys here love driving them just as much as the customers that come to check everything out. The pint sized package, high revving motor, and drop top make for an excellent package. It's small stature makes it ideal around busy cities paired with it's incredibly fuel efficient 3 cylinder it makes for a great commuter. However those with access to more open, twisty, roads get to reap the real benefit. Mid engine, RWD, and only 1,675 lbs it's natural habitat is being tossed around at it's 8,500 rpm redline. This '91 comes in with only 42K verified miles, which in the Honda world is nothing. The Festival Red (R-80) paint fits the car's personality perfectly and has been well maintained throughout the years. There's no fading or clear coat peel with is so common for vehicles of this age (and frankly Honda in general.) The body has been well preserved over the years, free of any notable dents or dings. The bodywork has been kept all OEM, with the only change up coming in the form of rolling stock. The factory wheels were replaced in favor of a set of 16" Hot Stuff Xcross Speed wheels. The bronze finish plays of the red bodywork fantastically and looks much more fitting than the stock ones do. The black soft top seals properly and does pretty well with noise insulation when on the road.
The interior has been kept all stock and as wild as we expect to see from the '90s. The Zebra print seats are in great shape and are surprisingly supportive. The driver side bolster does have some wear from getting in and out and can be seen in the pictures. The other key wear items are all in great condition; like the factory wheel, shift knob, and door panels. The Kei segment doesn't have to give up modern features like power windows or A/C just because of it's size. Both of which are functioning properly and help for those days when you may not have the top down. The minimalist approach to everything makes you appreciate the Beat for what really matters, the drive itself.
Mechanically the Beat is a simplistic layout, which has proven time and time again to be the best approach. The rear wheels are powered by the monstrous E07A 656cc 3 cylinder. The factory ITB setup is hands down one of the coolest factory features of a car from any segment. The intake design also makes a very distinct tone once you start breaking the 5K mark. Subsequently you do have a tendency to keep your foot in it a bit longer between shifts. Honda's MTREC (Multi Throttle Responsive Engine Control) system helps to make the power band very linear helping with it's drive ability around town. The exhaust note has been improved compliments of a Fujitsubo dual tip exhaust. The tiny muffler makes a surprising difference on the tone which is one of the best enhancements you could ask for; especially with the top down. Our trained techs have gone over the Beat to make sure it's ready to roll. We just put in a new slave cylinder, flushed the coolant, and performed an oil change to make sure it's good to drive out of here. Now the 5 speed shifts like a dream, free of any fuss or grinds. I stick by the fact the Honda gearbox is one of the best in the industry which makes this even more enjoyable to crush around town. Once you have a chance to experience the Beat yourself you'll understand just why these cars are so popular around here!
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