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Slice-By-Hon 12-27-2012 09:09 AM

From Asimo to the NSX-R: The Honda Collection Top 10

The drive alone may be worth visiting Honda’s Collection Hall at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan’s stunning Tochigi Prefecture. After following along the gently twisting river that dictates the roads course through the mesmerizing foliage covering the pavement; friendly cartoon mascots point in the direction of the track. At the top of the hill is the museum, which was erected in 1998 to commemorate Honda’s 50th Anniversary. Covering everything from Honda’s very first motorcycles to the progression of robot extraordinaire Asimo, the Collection Hall should be at the top of any Honda fan’s bucket list. We’ve compiled ten of the coolest things we saw there:

  1. 1924 Curtiss Special: Though it lacks a Honda badge, this racer with a Curtiss aircraft engine was built by an 18-year-old Soichiro Honda at Art Shokai. Though built when assisting Ikuzo and Shinichi Sakakibara, Soichiro himself still participated in races as a mechanic.
  2. 1965 Honda RA272: Driven by Richie Ginther, this proper Honda racer won the companies first Formula 1 Grand Prix in Mexico. This was the last race to use 1500-cc engines.
  3. 1963 Honda S500: The oldest ancestor to the adored S2000, the S500 was Honda’s first foray into passenger car production and featured a chain to drive the rear wheels, true to Honda’s motorcycle roots.
  4. Asimo: Asimo’s ultimate goal is be the ultimate live-in assistant to the physically impaired. Baby steps started with legs that can walk with no support and have evolved to a full humanoid capable of taking caps off bottles.
  5. 1946 Honda Bicycle Auxiliary Engine: BYOBicycle. This small engine was designed to be retrofitted onto post-war bicycles and featured a practical clutch and belt drive.
  6. 1982 Honda CB1100F: Not especially innovative compared to other Honda product debuts, we just love the retro cool of this large displacement bike based on the CB1100R limited production racer.
  7. 1963 Honda T360: The bed on Honda’s first mass-produced vehicle is barely big enough to fit any of the bikes that helped get the company noticed, but this mid-engine 354 cc “sports truck” is where 4-wheeled Hondas started.
  8. 1981 Honda Motocompo: These “trunk bikes” feature a mechanism that allow them to be folded and fit into a bigger vehicle making them ideal for outdoor recreation.
  9. 1994 Honda NSX-R: What’s left to say about what our own Angus MacKenzie calls “one of the most important cars of the century”?
  10. 1990 McLaren Honda MP4/5B: Honda used to build F1 cars. Ayrton Senna used to win races in those cars. This particular car was used by Senna to win six GPs and the Driver’s Championship in the 1990 World Championship.
  11. BONUS – 1991 Honda Beat: Because Zebra seats
From Asimo to the NSX-R: The Honda Collection Top 10 - WOT on Motor Trend

cfrp 01-03-2013 05:15 PM

Number 9 and Number 10 take the cake for me.

Slice-By-Hon 01-07-2013 03:26 PM

i'll take three Asimo to do my house work and dishes, an nsx to drive on the streets and a Mclaren Honda mp4/5b for the weekend at the tracks.

Vindete 08-04-2013 04:35 PM

Thanks for sharing good reference.

LiBertI 12-21-2015 05:23 AM

Great list. I especially appreciate 990 McLaren Honda MP4/5B which was used to build F1 cars. How many championships were won by such cars!

RedNSX 12-21-2015 10:06 AM

Wait, they put a jet engine on the 1924 Curtiss Special?

|\|SX 12-21-2015 11:33 AM


Originally Posted by RedNSX (Post 23074)
Wait, they put a jet engine on the 1924 Curtiss Special?

Not all planes that fly use jet engines, there are propeller driven planes that at times use engines that cars do.

Toyota built a V8 engine that got certified for aircraft usage which was widely used in passenger vehicles

RedNSX 12-22-2015 10:06 AM

Wonder what went wrong in this year's formula 1 races if they had a great partnership with the 1990 McLaren Honda MP4/5B.

St.Who 12-22-2015 02:10 PM

Once Honda becomes the leading robot manufacturer: game over. They are really on the forefront of that field. They also built their first consumer jets recently.


RedNSX 12-23-2015 09:52 AM

You can actually take a virtual tour of the Honda Jet! HondaJet

I assume it was meant for short journeys more than anything and their cockpit control panel looks mainly digital now. If that's what they can do with the usually complicated cockpit, I can't wait to see what they have in store for future cars.

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