1991 Honda Beat Mugen Top
Packing a punch is what the Honda Beat does best. Sharing it's signature mid-ship, rear drive layout, with its bigger brother the NSX the Kei debuted at the beginning of the 1990's to much fanfare. Historically noted as the final model personally signed off on by the company's founder, Sochiro Honda, this little mid engine 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 front bumper has the coveted fog lamps, and the stock body is accented with the brushed aluminum fuel door and OEM mudflaps. The paint is in good shape, aside from some normal blemishes, and still shines nicely. A rare exterior item to note is the hardtop; MUGEN hardtop adds extra usability for inclement weather and gives the occupants a touch more headroom. Unlike less expensive hardtop options, the interior is lined and finished, with the MUGEN stamping riveted to the rear glass. The (NH-95-M) Blade Silver Metallic is in good shape, and sans normal scuffs and small rock chips is in better than average condition. 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 does have the typical lower side bolster rip on the drivers side, 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 the radio and digital display function properly. A MOMO knob sits atop the shift assembly, which is another factory option to compliment the steering wheel.
A 656cc E07A I3 engine, with 41K 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 surprisingly nice sounds for such a small motor. Behind your head, in addition to the exhaust burble, three individual throttle bodies gulp down air. The steering is incredibly direct, and aided by the optional MOMO steering wheel. It's reduced diameter also helps out with legroom, which is at a premium in the Kei segment. The best driving characteristic of the Beat is the handling. It's low overhangs, short wheel base, and center driving position gives an exceptionally balanced feel. The suspension feels great, and the brakes stop the bantamweight car on a dime. One of our trained technicians have also mounted and balanced four new tires on the OEM phone dial style wheels, and the car also benefits from a fresh oil service.
This mid-engined micro car was never offered for sale in the USA, and are even rare in Japan. 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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