1991 Honda Beat Hardtop
It is said that the best things come in small packages. A statement that rings true for Honda's Beat micro car, no doubt. Historically noted as the final model personally signed off on by the company's founder, Sochiro Honda, this demure midship hardtop convertible is an absolute blast to drive! Its high revving 656cc engine, lightweight construction, and desirable driving dynamics make this the perfect Japanese classic.
The Honda Beat is a mid-engined rear wheel drive roadster that began production in 1991. The concept originated from famed designer Pininfarina. Touting its futuristic profile, feather light curb weight, its design has aged particularly well. The Mugen bumper updates the fascia nicely, while the other body panels remain untouched. The paint is in good shape, aside from some normal blemishes, and still shines nicely. A rare exterior item to note is the hardtop; the black painted PSI Garage hardtop adds some usability for inclement weather and gives the occupants a touch more headroom. The (NH-95-M) Blade Silver Metallic could be used to touch up the front bumper as there are some spider webs from a rock impact to be noted. Other than that the bodywork has no major dents or dings, and panels line up well.
This 1991 model's interior has been well maintained and remains mostly stock as well. Both seats have minimal wear, and are in great shape. The tiger-stripe gray fabric doesn't have a single bolster rip, which is the most common interior wear item associated with the Beat. The dash and door panels are in nice shape with no cracks or bubbles. The factory Gathers audio is all there, and even the optional CD changer lays in the boot. A pool ball style carbon fiber patterned knob sits atop the shift assembly.
A 656cc E07A I3 engine, with 62K verified miles, provides power to the rear wheels via a 5 speed manual transmission. Shifts are direct and seamless, and this little motor loves to rev. With about sixty-odd horsepower, the Beat keeps you off the cops radar, whether you're heavy in the throttle or not. Courtesy of a high flow muffler, the zingy three cylinder belts out some nice sounds. Behind your head, in addition to the exhaust burble, three individual throttle bodies gulp down air. The steering is direct, and aided by a sportier MOMO steering wheel. Its reduced diameter also helps out legroom, which is at a premium in the Kei segment. The best driving characteristic of the Beat is the handling. Its low overhangs, short wheel base, and center driving position gives an exceptionally balanced feel. The struts have been improved with a set of GAB Suspension, which freshens up dampening noticeably. One of our trained technicians has also mounted and balanced two new tires on the staggered A-TECH Etekku Schneider 10 spoke bronze alloys.
This mid-engined micro car was never offered for sale in the USA. It's sporty drive train and low cost of entry make it a great weekend getaway car, or an autocross killer. Start your JDM experience off the right way, with this turn key classic!
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