Mighty Mite: Check Out This 1991 Honda Beat On eBay
Pint-sized fun awaits from this tiny two-seater Honda Beat.
Honda made its name in the United States with small motorcycles and pint-sized cars. However, the smallest Hondas are scarcely sold outside Japan. If you’re a fan of Japanese kei cars and/or you’ve played much Gran Turismo, you already know about this rare and cool this Honda Beat on eBay in Seattle. These two-seat keis represented the Japanese segment’s fun side. Since they’ve reached the 25-year mark, federalized Beats are starting to turn up in the U.S.
In 1990, Japanese regulators updated the engine size to 660 cubic centimeters. That same regulation, however, capped horsepower at 63. For the Beat, Honda maximized the output on the E07A engine with individual throttle bodies for each of its three cylinders. The little single-overhead-cam, 12-valve engine revs happily and makes its peak output at 8,100 rpm.
The microscopic Beat represents, as the seller states, “as close to a go kart as you’re able to drive on the street.” Like its competitor, the Suzuki Capuccino, the Beat is a soft-top convertible. That means you can enjoy the Beat’s electronically limited top speed of 84 miles per hour with the wind blowing your hair in the right seat. Since the Beat was a Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) car, this one has been imported with right-hand drive.
The shifter and steering wheel are matching wood (or faux-wood), which offsets the spartan interior nicely (changed from the photo above). The driver’s racing seat has worn some, but the passenger seat remains the mondo 1990s zebra-striped bucket. The car includes air conditioning, which is no small feat on such a low-power engine.
We should note this is no museum piece and the car is priced accordingly with a Buy It Now price of $4,500. The paint has faded in some places and several items are inoperable at the moment. That list includes the speedometer, fuel gauge, radio, and fog lights.
Still, any Beat you’ll import will cost considerably more so this might be something of a deal. Of course, replacement parts might be difficult to source.
Check out this 1991 Honda Beat on eBay right here.