1972 Honda 1300 Coupe GL RHD (1972)




This is a 1972 Honda 1300 Coupe GL RHD finished in blue with a blue cloth interior. The clock shows 78,000 Kms (49,000 miles).
Japanese output really started to find its feet during the 1970s, both in terms of styling and mechanicals, and it’d set the template for the industry’s fast upcoming world domination. One such innovative vehicle came from motorbike turned recent car manufacturer, Honda. Its Coupe takes on its 1300 saloon, had striking looking lines and was brim with technology. Power came via a transversely mounted, all-alloy four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels, while suspension was all independent with MacPherson struts at the front – it was enough to make UK output of its time look positively antediluvian. In single carburettor Coupe 7 form the zingy little engine output a lofty 100bhp, which in a 920kg car made for a whole lot of fun; while over in the Coupe 9 camp you got racing technology via four individual carburettors and dry-sump lubrication – 116bhp, anyone? Suspension set-ups for both received high praise, as did performance. Peak power came in above 7000rpm, making them smile-inducing machines for period petrolheads. Today, climb behind the wheel, and the level of sophistication and outright oomph that either a Coupe 7 or 9 can provide will still surprise you.
Netherlands-based John Kuiper had owned the Honda for almost three years before our acquisition, “I imported the car from Japan and it still has a Japanese title, but all relevant import duties have been paid. It’s covered 78,787km from new.” Like most Japanese market cars there’s no history with the vehicle so it’s one that you’ll buy on condition, which here is solid and in the main, original. “I haven’t driven the car very much as it’s right-hand drive and, alongside reducing the collection, that’s also my principal reason for selling”. John changed the fuel pump when the Honda first arrived, but hasn’t had to do much else to it. “It’s a very near looking car. The bodywork does have some small dents and the colour is original. It runs and drives very good; the air-cooled engine really sounds great.” So there you have it, a cheeky little Japanese import in very nice condition.
All panels align nicely and the Blue paintwork has a nice even finish and presents in nice condition; it has a really good level of depth too, and undoubtedly suits the 1300’s lines. As you’d expect there’re one or two small age-related blemishes, such as the stone chips around the bonnet ‘H’ badge and the odd dent and tiny blister here and there. Bright work is generally good and in keeping with the car’s nice condition, with just a touch of age related pitting here and there, and a very minor scuff or two on the front bumper.
The colour on those seats, including the rears, has naturally faded slightly over the years but they’re in good condition and, most importantly, free from any tares or abrasions. The front seats have a nice sporty design with the side bolsters providing excellent lateral support. The dashboard plastics look to be relatively mark free and it’s a design both of its time, and full of character. A pioneer radio cassette, an early indicator of highly-specced Japanese cabins, sits proudly ensconced in the centre column. Best of all is the rev counter’s redline, which sits at 7000rpm and hints at Honda engines’ famed high revolution happiness.
In the history file is an original New Honda Coupe advert/handbook and a Japanese document.
A purposeful little Japanese rarity that’s very solid, quite original and is a properly buzzy performer to boot. Factor in its then state-of-the-art technology and it’s a real Japanese techno-wizard.

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  • Mileage: 49,000
  • Year: 1972
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Coupe
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Blue

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Justin Banks Ltd.

Kent, United Kingdom

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