Our attention turns to the S800’s paint scheme and, as Tony, explains, it’s routed in the car’s history. “It was red originally. A lot of these are new panels but it’s old metal at the end of the day, and I went round with a chinagraph pencil and marked up everything that needed repair, and there were so many areas that needed repairs that I decided to go for a full respray. And if you’re going to do that I then thought about a colour change, so I looked in the internet and found that in 1967, the same year as the car, a car no. 58 which was a coupe in this exact livery won its class in the Nürburgring 500km road race. And everyone was astonished because it was up against massive things and it was this little Honda! Because this is a 1967 car, and because I was born in 1958, it seemed entirely appropriate to change the livery to this.”
While Tony isn’t too keen on giving us a look at the engine (“I’m not going to lift up the bonnet because that’s the embarrassing part”), he’s confident that it’s a true masterpiece. “When it came out of the box I think they were about 80 horsepower. With the pipes and a special filter on it now, probably about 90-95 horsepower.
“The engine is an absolute jewel because it comes from Honda’s experience with motorbike engines, so it is just a pure piece of art. It’s just incredible. And the noise it makes!”