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    Not a lot of Dee Troit Iron. (I was probably there, had an Austin Healey at the time.)

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    What was Honda displaying in 1963? Surely not cars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon Bartlett View Post
    What was Honda displaying in 1963? Surely not cars?

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    No Honda imports before 1969.
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    Who would have guessed that they'd take over the world?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Not a lot of Dee Troit Iron. (I was probably there, had an Austin Healey at the time.)
    A little tough to see, but if you look in the upper left-hand corner of the floor plan you'll see the show listed as the "1st International Imported Car Show"

    I don't think the Eminem Chrysler ads touting "imported from Detroit" were out yet.
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    My parents bought a Volvo 122 in 1963. Wonder if they went to this show?
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    What's sad is the # of cars at the show that we no longer get in the US.
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    Wife’s best friend had a new 64 Corona just like the pic. In 1973, she decided to drive 250 miles to a high school reunion. It was suggested that she get a tune up. She got a call from the Bon Marche garage asking if she had ever changed the oil. She didn’t know she had to.
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    Sweet little Honda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    Who would have guessed that they'd take over the world?

    I saw one of these in a supermarket car park a few weeks ago, still in reasonable shape, still a runner, being used every day by the look of it. There are still a very few Datsun Bluebirds around as well.

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    The Honda in #4 made me think of the Datsun Fairlady.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mahan View Post
    The Honda in #4 made me think of the Datsun Fairlady.
    I had a friend years ago with a Fairlady. A Japanese copy of a British roadster, right down to a positive ground electrical system.

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    Brings back memories, went to many a car show there. Saw all the classics, The Batmobile, the Munster's Koach and the MonkeeMobile.

    This one is was a little early for me, but it looks like it should have been called "The most Dangerous cars ever sold in America".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    Who would have guessed that they'd take over the world?


    This exact car / color was my first vehicle purchase after I got married in 1971


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    My dad had Hillman Minx convertibles for a number of years. The only small convertible he could wear his fedora in with the top up. The roof could be folded back partially also.To his great frustration the cat liked lying atop the roof in the garage, digging it's claws in and causing leaks.
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    Ferrari, Maserati etc must have been too exotic for the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Ferrari, Maserati etc must have been too exotic for the show.
    Amphicar was there.
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    I was stationed in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan in 1969. One of the rich townfolk drove a Mazda Cosmo. I’ve never seen another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnw View Post
    Quick on the uptake ! The photo took me back to London (´66/´67) where a foreign student drove a similar one (bluish-grey); Honda´s inroad into the UK car market, close on the heels of their motor-bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbgarr View Post
    My dad had Hillman Minx convertibles for a number of years. The only small convertible he could wear his fedora in with the top up. The roof could be folded back partially also.To his great frustration the cat liked lying atop the roof in the garage, digging it's claws in and causing leaks.
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    The Sunbeam Rapier (convertible) from the same Rootes Motor Group was deemed the peppier middle-sized convertible, with similar looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    The three years that I was recently in Japan I saw no old cars, none. Only the Nissan Figaro, which looks old, and is very cool, but was built around 1991.
    There is a thriving export market for Japan's used cars. We get a lot here in NZ.
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    Three years after purchase, every new car has to go through an expensive inspection process, and once every two years after that. Furthermore, vehicles older than 10 years have to pass the inspection every year. As a result, most car owners in Japan write off their cars after 10 years and buy new ones. Hundreds of thousands of perfectly fine automobiles are demolished every year. This practice has been used to boost car sales in Japan and give carmakers advantages to compete in the international market.
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    I bought a used Honda engine from Japan for a CVCC I had with a worn out one. There are (were) a lot of used motors from Japan because of relatively new cars being scrapped
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    I was stationed in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan in 1969. One of the rich townfolk drove a Mazda Cosmo. I’ve never seen another.
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    I can’t imagine that I could fold my 36” inseam into it, but that is one ridiculously good looking little car.
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    My closest oldest friend came very close to death after being t boned in his S600, in hospital a long time in 1980.

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    Powered by a DOHC, water-cooled, four-cylinder inline engine with four Keihin carburetors, the engine capacity was increased to 606 cc from the S500's 531 cc. The engine produced 57 hp (43 kW) at 8,500 rpm and had a top speed of 90 mph (140 km/h). With the convertible weighing in at mere 1,576 lb (715 kg), the extra sheet metal of the coupe only added 33 lb (15 kg) to the overall weight. Suspension was independent with sealed chain drive to each rear wheel.
    Well, yeah... Where’s the fun in owning a Honda 4-cylinder if you don’t get to spend 6 weeks out of every year getting the carbs in sync?

    “Sealed chain drive to each rear wheel” - They really where a motorcycle company building cars back then.
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    ‘67 Toyota 2000GT, a joint Toyota/Yamaha build featured in an early James Bond movie.

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    I would enjoy something like the S2000 - no longer built, I believe - or at least, not imported to the USA.

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    I would enjoy something like the S2000 - no longer built, I believe - or at least, not imported to the USA.

    Agreed. One of my wife’s clients had an early model, when they still had a 9k redline.

    Again- A motorcycle company building cars.
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    I checked the prices on nice used ones. Oh my.
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    In 2000, I looked seriously at that Honda and for a long time it was a close toss up to buy that or the Boxster. I don’t regret the choice, still love my Boxster, but I bet the resale value would have been better with the Honda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    I checked the prices on nice used ones. Oh my.
    My former next door neighbor had one and he remarked the resale value on his particular model just kept going up
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