HONDA S500, S600, S800 (Specifications and Performance of Vintage Japanese Cars)
Automobiles largely serve two purposes. The first, of course, is as a means of transportation. The second is as an expression of the owner’s personal interests. The automobile as a means of transportation is no longer just a fast and convenient way to travel. Influenced by environmental and other concerns, the criteria by which automobiles are judged has changed considerably over the past quarter-century.
Given this background—and in fact, perhaps even precisely because of this background—automobiles that capture not just their owners’ imaginations but those of car enthusiasts everywhere are even more valuable than ever. No matter how strong the need for practical convenience, I certainly hope that the automobile will never come to be seen as a mere appliance.
It was just 25 years ago that I wrote the Sekai no Meisha (World’s Classic Cars) series of 30 books about cars that had captured my imagination. I wrote that series out of my love for these cars and because I wanted to share how I felt with other car enthusiasts. This new edition of selected volumes from that series has been specially prepared for publication in ebook format.
It is my sincerest hope that these books will bring an appreciation of these historic Japanese cars to a new generation of readers, both in Japan and around the world.
- Preface by the supervisor
- Honda S500、Honda S600、Honda S800
- Honda S600
- A car from the golden age of sports cars Driving impressions
- Honda S‐Series Honda S800
- Honda S800 Coupe
- Honda S800M
- Driving Impressions (S800M)
- The Desire to Create
- The Honda S‐series in full bloom
- A practical sports car: the Honda S600 coupe
- Honda S‐series forever