Honda S500

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Honda S500
Honda S500
Automotive industryHonda
PredecessorHonda S360
SuccessorHonda S600
Car classificationSports car
Car body style2-door Roadster
Automobile layoutFR layout
Internal combustion engine531 cc Straight-4

The S500 was the first production Car from Honda, released in 1963, following the T360 truck into production by four months. It was a larger displacement variant of the S360 roadster which, though developed for sale in 1962, was never produced.

Like the S360, the S500 used a high-tech engine developed from Honda's motorcycle expertise. It was a Dual overhead cam Straight-4 with four Carburettor and a 9500 rpm redline. Originally intended to displace 492 cc, the production version was 531 cc and produced 44 hp (33 kW) at 8000 rpm. Weighing just 1500 lb (680 kg), the tiny S500 could hit 80 mph (129 km/h). This setup enables a 9500 rpm redline with the ability to reach 11,000 revs.

The S500 used a 4-speed Manual transmission with Chain drive at the rear wheels. A four-wheel Independent suspension was also novel, with Torsion bar in front and diagonal Coilover Shock absorber at the rear.

The car was priced at $1,275 in 1963. A fiberglass Hardtop was also available. 1,363 S500s were produced from October 1963 through September 1964.


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