1991 Honda Beat
The Honda beat is one of those quirky little cars you just can't get enough of. It's small stature makes it ideal for cruising around the city and with it's incredibly fuel efficient 3 cylinder it makes for a great daily. Although with it's mid engine, RWD, layout it's most happy getting tossed around windy back roads. At only 1,675 lbs this featherweight doesn't need massive power to impress. The Pininfarina bodywork is finished in Festival Red (R-80) which has been the classic go to for convertibles around the world. The paint itself is in great condition and really pops out in the light. With the black and gray interior and top makes for a great contrast to the bright bodywork. The exterior has been kept all stock, including the factory optional wing out back. An iconic set of 14" Watanabe really set the car off and are in great condition. The body has been well preserved over the years free of any notable dents/dings/scratches. Then again with only 26K verified miles this comes as no surprise.
The surprisingly spacious interior has been maintained just as well, if not better. A very nice set of fitted leather seat covers dress up the interior while offering extra protection to the factory cloth. The clunky factory steering wheel has been replaced in favor of an Alcantara trimmed Momo which is a serious upgrade. A slightly taller, wooden, shift knob was added and makes the already great gearbox exceptional. Sometimes the smallest details can be the most impactful. The factory Gaithers head unit has a very crisp display and can accommodate Aux and USB inputs making it a bit more functional here in the US. The Kei segment doesn't have to forgo other modern features like power windows or A/C either. The both are functioning properly and help for those days when you may not have the top down. The gauge cluster is very straight forward with all the pertinent information easily legible. The prominent tach, located dead center, proudly displays it's 8,500 rpm redline. Interior dimensions are typically everyone's biggest concern with these. At 6'2" I fit comfortably with the top up, the sizing is similar to a first generation Miata.
The E07A 3 cylinder makes a thundering 63hp. The key to the Beat is low power, low weight, making it an absolute blast to throw around. It's a recipe decades old that still lives on today. Fitted with Honda's MTREC (Multi Throttle Responsive Engine Control) system with individual throttle bodies gives the engine a very distinct sound. The 8.5K redline makes it hard to keep your foot out of it, the little motor just begs to be wrung out. The clutch is very light and the crisp throttle response makes cruising around town a hoot. I've said it many times over but Honda's 5 speed is one of the best factory gear boxes out there and really has to be experienced to appreciate. The soft top is in excellent condition and does quite well at cutting down on wind noise when it's up. Like all of our vehicles our trained staff has gone through it to ensure that it's ready to rock. This pint sized performer will put a smile on your face every time you turn the key!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.