The S500 was the second production car from Honda (and its first passenger automobile), 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.
|Assembly||Hamamatsu factory, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door roadster|
|Layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout|
|Engine||531 cc DOHC I4|
|Wheelbase||2,000 mm (78.7 in)|
|Length||3,300 mm (129.9 in)|
|Width||1,430 mm (56.3 in)|
|Height||1,200 mm (47.2 in)|
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 Keihin carburetors 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. At the time of its introduction, its dimensions and engine displacement were larger than established kei car regulations.
The car was priced at $1,275 in 1963. An optional fiberglass hardtop was also available. 1,363 S500s were produced from October 1963 through September 1964.
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