EVENTS: Honda celebrates 50 years of the S-Series Japanese Nostalgic Car

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Honda Griffon
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EVENTS: Honda celebrates 50 of the S-Series

Honda ‘s first car went on sale in October That was 50 years ago, and the was a screamer. You know the story: the rest of Japan’s burgeoning industry was assembling crude of burden, Soichiro Honda was right ahead and building one of first true sports using advanced technology helped his humble company win the championships of motorcycle racing.

To the 50th anniversary of the S500 . and S800 . Honda recently a gathering at their Twin Motegi circuit in Tochigi along with Garage one of Japan’s premiere S-Series shops.

Over 120 S-cars joined the and Skorj was on hand with his own Coupe to document the revelry.

even built a replica of the S-car, the Honda S360 to the occasion. If you’ve never of it an S360 before, that’s it never went into The S-Series was originally planned as a kei car in to take advantage of government at the time, but Honda was growing at a rapid pace that by the the car went into production, the limitation was deemed too small to internationally.

Production began the S500, but before the year was out began offering the S600 as and soon added the S800. in mind that this was a when cars like the MG Midget and Fiat 500 were in Europe, so a sub-liter sports car was respectable.

According to Skorj, there three or four S360s but the one Honda chose to replicate was the post-Tokyo Motor Show simply because they had the drawings and photos of it. It was built a chopped S600, and having it in person Skorj reports it was pretty well done.

Of racing was the  raison for everything Soichiro Honda and the S-cars served that well. The S-chassis, especially in and S800 guises, were popular platforms for many of early drivers who would go fame and glory in the 1970s car era.

Twin Ring Motegi is to the Honda Collection Hall. and the brought out several museum for the event. The RSC racer won the GT-1 at the 1968 12 Hours of Suzuka More importantly though, it in third overall despite thrown onto the track cars of up to 3,000cc displacements.

The creation you see here is the  Griffon . Skorj tells us it was built on an S600 around 1975 and that the made less than 10 in (one is apparently in the US). It with custom fiberglass and unique alloy wheels. You can see production photos in this thread .

Honda Griffon

Watanabe (not to be confused the wheel company) was apparently a and bodywork company in Hachioji. to this blog. the aerodynamic increased top speed from 140 to 160 though it would not have cheap: The conversion rang in at an equivalent to about $60,000

Perhaps just as uncommon as the was a duck-tailed hardtop fitted to an Skorj explains that odd-looking cap is a Le Mans-style roof for a roadster body, and is an rare piece.

The rest of the consisted of ordinary S-Series including some that been devotees of the model for

After the S800 ended in May 1970 Honda mysteriously the S-Series name for three It would not appear again the exquisite S2000 roadster, carried on the legacy starting in but so much time had passed of its fans didn’t even the origin of the mighty S. The nameplate was retired again in 2009, but Honda has implied that it be back in the S660 Concept to be at the Tokyo Motor Show in November. Hopefully we’ll see 50 years of Honda’s sports

Skorj is a photographer living in and co-founder of Filmwasters. All photographs with a Bronica S2 on Kodak film. You can see more from the at Motoring con Brio. Group courtesy of Honda Sports Anniversary .

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