Honda makes some of the most affordable classic car models you can buy. The original Honda Civic from 1972 costs a reasonable $12,000 on average. But there are some classic Hondas that have appreciated in value quite substantially, either due to the vehicle’s importance or rarity. So let’s look at some Hondas that broke the mold, and appreciated in value each year rather than depreciated
The 1966 Honda S600 was Honda’s very first car
Before we begin, I’ll be measuring is the difference between how much these cars were put on sale for when they were brand new versus how much they sell for today (according to Hagerty). Then, we’ll see exactly how much “profit” these cars made every year. For instance, if a car was sold for $5,000 in 1971, and costs $50,000 today, that’s $900 per year every year for 50 years.
Now that you know how this works, let’s take a look at the 1966 Honda S600. It’s a small, simple, classic look that introduced Honda cars to the world (not to be mistaken with the first honda sold in America), rather than just Honda motorcycles. Though, on paper, the Honda S600 wasn’t a massive step up from a motorcycle, despite its sporty look. With a .6 liter engine that made 57 horsepower, and a compact cramped design that doesn’t cater to tall people. But at just 1,600 lbs, the car was lighter and more agile than any of the competition.
And when it was new, a 1966 Honda S600 cost $1,600, or a dollar a pound. But after 55 years, a can in good condition can sell for around $29,500. That means that this little classic car could earn you $507 per year (assuming this trend continues upwards).
1969 Honda CB750 is a rather rare classic motorcycle
Oddly enough, a classic motorcycle managed to make the list. But it’s fitting that it’s a Honda motorcycle, considering the brand builds the world’s best-selling motorbike. Coming out around the same time the Honda S600 did, the CB750 used a remarkably similar engine, a 736cc (or .7 liter) that made 68 horsepower. However, at just 480 lbs, it’s certainly lighter.
While these classic bikes are desirable, the 1969 Honda CB750 “Sandcast” is the most sought after due to its design. The bike’s crankcase was designed using the strategy known as sand-casting. But for larger, more powerful bikes, the method wasn’t sustainable. So after the first year of production, Honda switched to using metal die-casts, which were stronger and wouldn’t fall apart as demand for the bike grew.
When new, the 1969 Honda CB750 Sandcast cost $1,495. But today, due to the rarity of being the only model year where the bike was sand-casted, this classic motorcycle can fetch a price of $32,000. That means it’s increased in value by $586 a year, which for a 52-year-old bike isn’t bad at all.
The 1992 Acura NSX was a new experimental sports car
Literally, the “NSX” stood for new sports car experimental, and it’s become one of the most sought-after relics Honda ever made. And yes, while it’s called an Acura NSX, over in Japan, it was called the Honda NSX, because these two sports cars are exactly the same.
The Acura NSX boasted incredible drivability and performance, all mingled with Honda’s reputation for good reliability. It had a 3.0 liter V6 that made 270 horsepower. And in 1992, it all cost $67,000.
Today, however, an NSX in decent condition can be yours for 89,000. That means, even though this car is the newest, it’s appreciated in value by $896 a year. And as the years go on, that value will only increase. For perspective, the oldest car on our list is 55 years old. And if the Acura NSX continues to appreciate in value, one could be worth over $110,000 by 2047.
But, obviously, these are just educated guesses backed by rough paper napkin math. Whether or not these classic Honda cars and motorcycles appreciate or not is up in the air. This is especially true as we shift from gas to electric cars. But if you’re looking for a classic Honda that may actually be worth something if you ever decide to sell it, then these three make excellent contenders.