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1974 "Tokyo Joe" Honda Civic 1200 Racecar - Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda is using SEMA to show off their 2010 vehicles and the accessories available for each. It's also using the show to signal its return to grassroots racing, displaying several vintage racers and production cars alongside their descendants. Although we're covering the entire Mugen-accessorized 2010 lineup elsewhere, we didn't want to miss a chance to talk about three little cars at the back of the booth that had us drooling.

A mint 1971 N600, with its original, yellowed window sticker shows how far we've all come. At $1,395 the N600 cost just about a-buck-a-pound and its 598 cc air-cooled two-cylinder put out just 36 hp, but that was enough to get it to 80 MPH and still return 40 MPG. The N600 was also the car that introduced Americans to Honda automobiles, and firmly established Honda's reputation for frugality and fun.

Next to the N600 sat "Tokyo Joe," the 1974 Bolus & Snopes Civic 1200 racecar that scored six SCCA GT5 championships between 1985 and 1990. It was campaigned by American Honda employee Bob Boileau and once held the title of "World's Fastest Civic" when it was clocked at 146.698 MPH on the Talladega Superspeedway back in 1976. It also looked like it might move the frugal/fun ratio for Hondas a little to the other side of the equation.

Balancing both nicely was the spotless 1984 Mugen CRX prototype. Using a host of parts developed by Mugen, the car showed the performance possibilities inherent in the CRX platform. The Mugen sported a body kit designed for high speed stability, engine mods, a thoroughly reworked suspension, and meatier (but still just) 13-inch tires. A real throwback to the early days of Honda road and racing machines.

Photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.

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Honda Displays Historic Vehicles and Accessorized Models at 2009 SEMA Show

11/03/2009 - LAS VEGAS - Celebrating its 50th year in America, Honda kicked off its week at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Market Association's (SEMA) show in Las Vegas with a variety of historic and accessorized Honda vehicles, a robust Honda Performance Development (HPD) racing display and the reveal of a 2010 Accord Sedan equipped with MUGEN accessories.

"Customized Honda cars factor strongly into SEMA history and are a big part of Honda's 50 years in America," said Bruce Smith, vice president of Parts Operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "With a growing accessory lineup, now including MUGEN kits for the Accord sedan and Fit, Honda is committed to supporting personalization of our vehicles into the future."

A 2010 Accord Sedan equipped with MUGEN accessories was revealed today, along with the announcement that, on November 11th, Honda will make a complete line of MUGEN accessories available for the Accord Sedan on an a la carte basis through authorized Honda dealers. Available MUGEN accessories for the Accord will include: 18-inch alloy wheels, front sports grille, front under-spoiler, side spoiler, rear under-spoiler, sports floor mats, machined aluminum oil filler cap and a distinctive front emblem. All of the painted parts will come color-matched to one of five popular Accord sedan colors: Polished Metal Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, White Diamond Pearl and Taffeta White. MUGEN, under license by M-TEC Co., Ltd., of Japan, has been closely associated with Honda for decades in the design and manufacture of racing and premium performance components.

Additionally, Honda displayed several accessorized vehicles including the all-new 2010 Accord Crosstour, the Dog Friendly Element, the Fit with MUGEN accessories, a Honda Factory Performance (HFP™) Civic Si Sedan and a HFP Accord Coupe.

Honda marked its 50th Anniversary in America on June 11, 2009. At the SEMA show, it acknowledged the support of Honda fans and performance enthusiasts with a display of several historic Honda vehicles including a N600, the first automobile model that Honda sold in America; a pair of winning SCCA race cars - a 1974 Civic and a 2008 S2000 CR; a 1984 CRX MUGEN "prototype" and a 2000 Civic Si Challenge project car modified by Super Street magazine.

On the racing front, Honda Performance Development (HPD) displayed a variety of historic engines, current racing chassis and future racing concepts. An IndyCar® race car and a prototype Formula F chassis were prominently displayed.

Vehicles On Display at the Honda Booth

2010 Accord with MUGEN accessories
2010 Fit Sport with MUGEN accessories
2010 Accord Coupe HFP™
2010 Civic Si Sedan HFP™
2010 Accord Crosstour with accessories
2010 Dog Friendly Element EX
1971 N600
1974 Civic with race modifications
1984 CRX MUGEN Prototype
2000 Civic Si Challenge winner
2008 S2000 CR race car
IndyCar® race car
HPD Formula F prototype

For more information about Honda vehicles, please visit www.honda.com. For media inquiries, please go to www.hondanews.com. For more information about Honda's racing activities, please visit www.racing.honda.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      You know these pics are the biggest tease ever. The cars shown are beautiful, well thought out and truly embody the Honda that most of us have come to love. However today they are releasing cars like the crosstour and the cr-z and other souless vehicles.

      I am happy to see these vintage beauties but saddened that we will not see a resurrection anytime soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like Honda's getting back on track. First, they announced the next Civic will be smaller and lighter, the CR-Z will have a 6sp, and now this. Hopefully, the good news continues by announcing that they are killing the Crosstour! But the biggie for me would be a return to control arm suspensions. The thing I love about Honda is that with the Civic, they could have spent their money refining it into a boring appliance like the Corolla, but they spent the money on the sophisticated and pricey control arms, and the VTEC engines, which meant what they lacked in refinement, they made up for with fun. The current Accord is hopefully the last product of a bygone era of Honda.
      • 5 Years Ago
      righteous CRX.

      CRX has to be one of the top 5 cars Honda has ever produced. S2000 being the first. The CRX probably battles with the NSX for the 2 spot. NSX changed the supercar landscape by proving it could be exotic and reliable, but CRX was for the masses and you could get sport Si or 50mpg HF.

      these classics make me think we should maybe get back to basics a little more, a little stiffer frame but without all the gadgets and junk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I second that. Those cars are still a blast to drive yet their fuel economy is pretty good. Now cars are full of gadgets and junks that only make them heavier. Heck, I wish automakers would still make cars that were simple yet reliable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bolus & Snopes? There's a blast from the past!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Despite what people like to say about Honda back in the days...

      I actually really like vintage Hondas. This is a great example.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sure honda was the bomb in the PAST, but look what happened now?

      honda u r SAD, grow some balls and get the next S2000 out since you won't have money for new NSX
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pray tell honda, what exactly do you plan to sell to us to go grassroot racing?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. A Fit Mugen? FTW
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mazda wannabe without the cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting, esp since I was born in 82, lol

      The part I find the most interesting is the fact that it gets to 80, gets 40mpg, before any aerodynamic trickery, low resistance tires, etc etc. suck that prius. Granted, that im sure this thing is a death trap in an accident.

      It just shows that the whole green mpg eco craze isn't something that's come about in the past decade. We could totally have ultra efficient lightweight cars if we were willing to give up all the creature comforts, and perhaps lose a ton of weight out of our pants. Imagine a 1500lb diesel car,
        • 5 Years Ago
        40mpg's is easy to achieve when you have a tiny car with 36hp. These cars are basicaly gocarts...you could even call them underpowered go carts/death traps. You could get run over by CUV's on todays roads. My brothers honda CR125 has more power. I personally don't like how cars keep getting biger.
        If you want something like this go get an old Geo Metro, Ford fiesta, or an Aveo/G3 (puke!) or a civic,mazda 3 etc
      • 5 Years Ago
      Grass Roots Politics and now Grass Roots Racing! .... the future is all of a sudden way more optimistic! at least for me! :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      A return to "grassroots racing" does this mean they are going to put some support into the SCCA?

      Or maybe they can get that N600 into next weeks LeMons race (^_^)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The NSX replacement lol!!!

      This is what we have been waiting 5 years for! This is the car that's positioned to reserect Honda's racing heritage.

      Honda Fanboys rejoice! You're prayers have been answered!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan makes the GT-R, Toyota comes out with the LF-A, Hyundai, the Genesis Coupe, and Honda gives us this... and the Crosstour.

      Wow.... all I can say is wow.
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