Honda Beat This is a Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) classic, the Honda Beat is the original Smart car--a micro cruiser. Street legal in the USA. The Honda Beat is a rear wheel drive, mid-engined two-seat roadster kei car produced from May 1991 to February 1996. The Beat was the last car to be approved by Soichiro Honda before he died in 1991. The total number of cars produced was around 33,600. Most of the production occurred in the first year, and then production and sales fell drastically. The design of the car originated from Pininfarina, who then sold the design plan to Honda. The Beat was one of many cars designed to take advantage of Japan's tax-efficient kei car class. This is an example of Japan's famous "Kei" cars, from keijidōsha meaning "light automobile", known variously outside Japan as Japanese city car, ultramini, or Japanese microcar. Kei cars is the Japanese vehicle category for the smallest highway-legal passenger cars. Similar Japanese categories exist for microvans, and Kei trucks.
1991 Honda Beat - $11,995