1991 Honda Beat- $8995
This 1991 Honda Beat was imported from Japan last July and is a clean example with (52,385 KM) 32,550 Miles on the clock. The diminutive roadster is mostly original, though some performance modifications have been added such as larger 14″ wheels and tires, and an aftermarket exhaust tip. The car is powered by its original fuel-injected 660cc three-cylinder engine that delivers 63bhp to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. Cosmetics are in good order with original paint, interior, and soft top appearing well-preserved. The 1,676 pound Beat is described as running well with good handling, and the car is being sold with a clean Oregon title in the seller’s name.
The Festival Red paint is said to be original, with the seller reporting no evidence of any accidents or repair work on the body panels. The finish looks glossy overall with normal wear from rock chips on the forward facing surfaces.
The headlight lenses are clear, and all of the lights are working correctly. The glass and exterior rubber appear to be in good condition. Header piece around a pillars and windshield show some crazing in painted surface. (looks like plasti dip coating?)
The car is supended by stock MacPherson struts on all four corners, rolls on Custom Wheels and low profile tires.
The original soft top is in good condition with no tears or rips in the fabric, though the rear window is a bit cloudy and the seams are separating a bit at the sewn seems around widow window edges.
The design of the Honda Beat was originally penned by Pininfarina who eventually sold the plans to Honda. It was said to be the last car that Soichiro Honda approved before his passing in August of 1991. The interior features a striking zebra print that came straight from the factory. Honda states the car was developed by their team of young designers all under the age of thirty, who intended the car to be marketed for a younger demographic.
The seats have been well-cared for by past and previous owners with a small wear spot on drivers side bolster surface and a split seem and drivers side panel (see detailed photos), carpets are in good condition and are covered with a set of fitted floor mats. The simple gauge cluster features white faces on the tach and speedo, which is in KPH. All of the gauges, lights, and power windows function properly. Wood rimmed MOMO steering wheel has been added.
The seller reports that there are a few nicks and scratches on the interior plastics, but its hard to locate any in the images aside from a few on the sides of the center console near the seatbelt buckles. A Sony Stereo with CD and Bluetooth along with an amp and new speakers has been installed with a storage space below it. The stereo could use a little better trim surround in my opinion. The A/C system works, though it does not blow quite as cold as it should.
The high revving E07A 660cc three-cylinder engine produced 63bhp at 8100 rpm when new. The engine is mid-mounted and paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, allowing the car to cruise at freeway speeds on the Interstate. Some of the engine’s features were advanced for their day, including PGM-FI programmed fuel injection and MTREC Multi Throttle Responsive Engine Control that utilized a drive-by-wire system where each cylinder had its own throttle butterfly.
The powertrain was borrowed from the Honda Today, which was their production Kei-car model. It was offset to the left so that the fuel tank could occupy the right side. The seller serviced the car with an oil change about 500 miles ago, and thoroughly inspected the mechanicals prior to purchase. The car runs well and offers responsive driving characteristics. Very FUN TO DRIVE!
A small cargo area in ahead of the engine compartment houses the battery and other equipment that came with the car. The front boot is almost completely filled by the original spare tire and jack, and the compartment looks tidy.
Overall, this Beat has very low mileage and appears clean with some nice upgrades that would make for a spirited driving experience in a small and light-weight package.
Jay Leno approves of this car (see Thumbs up Photos in Gallery)