Does anyone want to give us 6,600 bucks? In return, you’ll have our eternal gratitude and free rides in one of the rarest nostalgics ever to set rubber on this continent – a 1971 Honda 1300 Coupe 9 Deluxe.
Another one of Soichiro Honda’s dream machines, borne out of his desire to build a “world class car,” it’s a portfolio of innovative engineering. The quad-carbed inline four wedged between its shock towers is air-cooled via ducts running through the engine as if meant for water. The outside of the motor still had fins, and so did the dry sump oil reservoir. All of these parts worked in conjunction to put 116hp through the front wheels, an incredible output considering it’s 1.3L engine size. In comparison, a 2005 Honda Civic with a 1.7L engine still only makes 115hp.
According to the Honda 1300 Coupe Registry, either 7,881 or 8,102 of the Coupe 9’s were built. Even Honda themselves cannot come to agreement on the exact number. They were never exported to the US, and this one on ebay comes from Australia.