There is possibly no much more fascinating genre of Japanese cars and trucks than the teeny little stuff. Alright, the large performance turbo icons of the early 21st century are really great. But who can forget about the Daihatsu Cuore Avanzato TR-XX R4, the Suzuki Cappuccino, Mazda Autozam AZ-1 or Toyota Sera? So considerably ingenuity, so little place. They could only come from Japan.
This Honda Metropolis Turbo is a great illustration of the breed. Even though not technically a kei motor vehicle – at the very least not according to Wikipedia – it is small and packed comprehensive of intrigue. If you know the Metropolis at all the Turbo is the best identified product, but there were being all kinds of variants in its five-calendar year generation run for the duration of the 1980s: van, cabriolet, large-roof and more. Again, it couldn’t be much more Japanese – really do not ignore there was the solution of a Motocompo 50cc scooter for the boot in sure types. Honda was resolving the final mile commuter difficulty 40 decades ago…
In addition, of training course, the Turbo was a little ripper. It was the thought of Hirotoshi Honda, son of Soichiro and founder of Mugen, which would support demonstrate his want to make a thing little and mild go very speedy in fact. There was only 1,231cc of swept ability, but optimum outputs of 110hp and 108lb ft, which audio like more than a lot with much less than 750kg to change. Quick turbo Hondas have a more time history than you may well consider. So do strong and resilient kinds, too – 40 years ago this summer season, two Honda staff members associates drove a Metropolis Turbo more than 6,000 miles all around Europe. It is not obvious no matter whether they have been decided on, or volunteered!
This is the ultimate as significantly as Metropolis Turbos go, the next generation vehicle regarded as ‘Bulldog’ many thanks to its much more aggressive bodykit. It was introduced at the close of 1983, continuing to the end of 1986. This distinct a person is from ’83, so a quite early example, and only imported to the British isles in 2020. It’s the to start with one particular we have at any time noticed for sale about right here, and appears to be like in terrific nick. Which, for a 40-12 months-old city vehicle, even a top of the vary overall performance flagship, is some achievement.
It is protected a very little much more 30,000 miles in that time, with all the Metropolis Turbo quirks – graphics, mudflaps, even larger bumpers, amazing flooring mats and purple-topped motor like all the very best Hondas – in great fettle. There’s inevitable some use, but it is a remarkably perfectly preserved survivor.
Really what the up coming consumer will do with the Metropolis Turbo II now is tough to establish in this ailment and on offer at £15k, it’s almost certainly also great to use often, even so mega it may possibly be as a commuter auto. On the other hand, no person requires reminding of the a lot quicker, additional well-known and quickly out there quickly Honda toys that the revenue buys. Still, the Bulldog only requirements just one human being to fall for its substantial charms, and there’s very little really so worthwhile as uniqueness. There’s not likely to be one more a person at your subsequent Japanese car or truck meet up with, that’s for sure…
SPECIFICATION | HONDA Metropolis TURBO II
Engine: 1,231cc, 4-cyl turbo
Transmission: 5-pace handbook, entrance-wheel push
Electrical power (hp): 110@5,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 108@3,000rpm
Yr registered: 1983 (2020 in British isles)
Recorded mileage: approx 32,000
Price tag new: N/A
Yours for: £14,895