So, not long ago, I decided to sell my daily driver, which was a K10 Nissan March Super Turbo (more info here). This was because it had expired inspection and a differential that felt it no longer needed to do its job (just listen to the sad noise here). I've been driving my girlfriends K11 March as a loaner car since, but I knew that I needed a new daily.
So, the hunt was on. I knew I wanted some older than 25 years (so I could bring it home with me), something with a manual transmission and preferably, something with two doors. I narrowed it down to four candidates and after a lot of hemming and hawing and checking of the bank account, I made a decision on this little gem!
It's a 1973 Honda Life Touring SL. I'm not sure what it is about these little 360cc kei cars, but one just isn't enough for me! Maybe I felt that my Mitsubishi 360 needed a friend, haha.
Now, I haven't actually received the car just yet. It is supposed to get delivered next Monday (the Monday after Nos2Days... it's going to be a busy weekend). So, all of these pictures are pictures taken by the shop in Ehime.
The reason I don't have any pictures of my own is because I'm buying this car sight unseen. First time I've ever done this and I'm putting a lot of trust into the seller. The reason I'm buying sight unseen is that Ehime is about an 8 hour drive from here!
So, information about the car! As you can see, being the Touring SL model, it has the fantastic little water cooled twin rocking twin Keihin carburetors. That should be good for 36 hp, which is about 15 more than my Mitsubishi 360 pumps out. That neck snapping power is pumped through a 4-speed transmission, although the hunt is on for a dog leg 5-speed.
The car is relatively rust free except for one worrisome spot on the bottom of the passenger door as seen above. This seems to be the biggest problem spot, but there could be other surprises lurking about; let's hope not. The car is also a respray (as is evidenced by the different color engine bay). Given the trouble spot on the door and the lack of matching colors under the hood, it will need a new paint job in the future, but the current job should last me at least a year or two.
Now all the pictures up to now were taken before he pulled the car out and gave it a thorough clean. After he made it look much nicer, he sent me a few more photos. The interior is really what clenched the deal for me. It's in amazing shape for a car that is 40 years old!
Aside from some god awful red floor mats and a horribly installed Daihatsu radio (both of which will be promptly removed), the interior elicits nothing but smiles from me! The driver side door panel looks like it might have a small tear in it, but the passenger side door panel, seats (front and rear) and dash all look to be tear and crack free.
I am missing a few trim pieces it does look like. It seems like something should go over the shift lever, the horn button is MIA and the pull handle on the driver side door is broken. The dash controls all look to be present and in good shape. Even the factory radio still looks to be in tact. I'll be removing that Daihatsu lump and then modifying the factory radio to plug into my cell phone so I can still rock some tunes!
Of course, pulling the Daihatsu radio out means that these box speakers are also coming out. I've never been a huge fan of box speakers, so we'll see if I can remove these without leaving huge nasty holes in the rear parcel shelf.
One of the things so many people forget to take pictures of is the head liner. Fortunately, this gentleman did not forget! The head liner looks immaculate and the little box with the room lights on it looks un-cracked and very nice (although it's missing the plastic lens for the back room lamp).
The top of the dash has no cracks in it, which is like finding a stack of 50 dollar bills in your happy meal.
The whole instrument panel seems to have stood the test of time! This is a view I'm really looking forward to!
Once washed the paint looks pretty good too. The car has door mirrors, they've just been removed and placed in a box to ensure that no one breaks them off shuffling around the car. Still, I think I'll locate a good set of fender mirrors and mount those instead.
I just love the tiny little bumpers on this car. They're all but useless in an accident, but they look so good.
So, there you have it, that's my new Honda Life!
As I said earlier, it's not getting delivered until Monday, so I won't get my first proper look at it until then. I'm so excited about it, I can hardly wait, haha. Unfortunately, it needs a bit of brake work before I can inspect it and drive it, so when it does arrive, the first order of business will be making sure that everything is mechanically up to scratch!
Thanks for looking guys and more information on the little Life to come soon!