Two weeks ago, Honda kind enough to throw open the doors of their museum in Torrance, California, which houses a collection of significant vehicles sold by the company. There’s something for everyone here, from the smallest N600 to the NSX, along with all sorts of detritus located in a secret corner of the warehouse space. Allow us to take you on a virtual tour below the jump.
The N600 – one of Honda’s first efforts in North America, and a striking doppleganger for the original Mini, no? It wouldn’t surprise me if Honda was “inspired” by Sir Alec’s creation.
The funkier looking Z600.
In the corner were some wheels and tires for a 1973 Civic. They don’t look much bigger than my go-kart tires.
A 1973 Civic. That same year, one of my Grandfather’s congregants approached him and said “Rabbi, I am selling a new car, from Japan. It’s called the Honda Civic.” My grandfather was a die-hard Detroit guy up until then, but he took a chance on Mr. Reddinger’s new car. People laughed at him…until winter came, and he had no problems with traction. Or filling up the gas tank. My grandparents drove the car until it literally fell apart. My grandfather’s last car was a 1991 Accord that he purchased off my Dad.
A Civic wagon.
Hang on to your hands, B&B. A brown wagon with a manual transmission. This one has 68 original miles.
I am digging the houndstooth fabric seat covers. It looks like one of my father’s old sport coats.
A Civic Si hatch.
Sadly, this car is automatic.
All those 10 Best awards for the Accord? They have to go somewhere.
Across from the Civics was a row dedicated to the Accord. What a metamorphosis it’s gone through, from hatchback
To brown sedan
To coupe. And they all had 4-cylinder engines.
Acura wasn’t forgotten either.
Nor were Honda’s greener efforts.
But this is what I was really here to see.
Next to the Insights and fuel cell concepts sat a 1991 NSX with 80,000+ miles on it. Almost like a middle finger to the green cars. The outside looked pretty, but the inside was actually fairly worn and ratty.
Not that it matters. Honda has this 78-mile 2004 example as well.
And what might be the last unmolested Integra Type-R.
The iconic RealTime Racing cars were in attendance
As well as a more dubious example of a “race car”
This, however, is the real deal.
A beautiful example of a CRX Si.
Alongside it, an earlier Si as well as a real-life Mugen version.
Behind them, an original ad for the U.S. built Accord coupe, which was exported to Japan briefly.
I asked the curator if I could drive an NSX during my visit. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough time to prepare one, but they did have this kicking around. So, you’ll have to excuse me.
Arigato gozaimasu, Honda-san
Thank you to American Honda and Brad Long for opening their doors to TTAC!