Classic of the Month
Honda S 800
Honda's debut as a car manufacturer
Founded in 1945 under the name of Honda Motor Company Ltd., the company became Japan's leading motorcycle producer in the 1950s. With the launch of the S 360 and S 500, a small sports car available in two cubic capacity versions, Honda presented its first car in 1963 – the "S 600" convertible followed in 1964, and a "S 600" coupé in 1965. Honda showed the S 800 for the first time at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show. The manufacturer set up its own distribution company in Hamburg in 1967 and started to export its cars to Germany. A total of 11,523 Honda S 800s were produced during the period the car was built, from 1966 to 1970.