Friday, May 29, 2015

10k: Some Importation (Or Waiting) Required: 1995 Honda Beat

Next year, when the earliest 1991 Honda Beats are eligible to bounce like skipped stones onto U.S. shores under the 25-year rule, all of cardom will rejoice like we did for the R32 Skyline GT-R, earlier Skylines, the Lancia Delta Integrale, and others. This particular Beat, however, won't be begrudgingly allowed welcomed onto American tax-funded roads for another five years. Until then, it will make a very pretty garage decoration. Find this 1995 Honda Beat for sale in Riguad, Quebec here on eBay for $9,999 buy-it-now, with 12 days to go.

The Beat was a spiritual successor to the early S600 and S800 roadsters, and was built to comply with Kei car regulations: a 1.4m-wide car with a 660cc engine making 63hp. The Pininfarina-designed three-cylinder roadster was a Japanese-only, single-generation orphan that could achieve 9,000 RPM or over 40 MPG, but not both.

With just 55,000 miles (86,500 kilometers) and no major modifications, this two-owner Beat is in much better shape than the one we featured in March 2014. It comes with a new Robbins soft top, new floor mats, and everything you need to drive it in Canada besides ear plugs and a generally cheery disposition. Scratch that last one - a 1,600-lb mid-engined roadster with a bike engine is the epitome of joy.

If your insatiable car lust is triggered by foreign forbidden fruit, don't blame me for posting this: The seller posted it on eBay motors. In U.S. dollars. And Beats have been legally imported before. Get an accountability partner, or take a cold shower and think about baseball, though, because this won't be an easy car to title. You may skirt by under off-road use only. Or, just wait until 2020.  

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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.


  1. The car makes my...

  2. Cute car, don't know how it drives, not sure about the RHD thing, sure getting it into California would involve something a lot like this:


  3. Queue my usual lamentation about the roads in Quebec being paved with salt. Hopefully this has been a summer-only beasty during its tenure there.


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