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A (Honda) Car Geek’s Dream Come True
Every once in a while this job affords us the opportunity to do something truly exceptional. Something that doesn’t just speak to the inner car geek nestled within our soul, but more like scream at it through a mega phone. Visiting the Honda America museum is one of those days.
10. Honda Odyssey
I want a Lotus 2-Eleven, a Ferrari 599XX, an Evora GTE and I’ve always wanted a Range Rover too. Sadly, even the garage in my dream world has rules and picking just 10 cars to fill it is as hard as choosing my favorite child. As a result, each of my Top 10 dream cars serves a special purpose, and none are quite so purposeful as a Honda Odyssey.
On a list you’d expect to find Lambos and Bugattis, mine starts with a minivan. Still, it’s the Bugatti of minivans, and with a $44,000 price tag the Touring Elite model is definitely more first class than coach.
And before you doubt my sanity, understand, I have kids.
It’s got more toys than any other and features that plenty of luxury cars would be jealous of. You say your $300,000 luxury limo has self-closing doors, a fridge and a TV in the back? So does the Odyssey. And you can watch two movies at the same time!
I thought about filling this spot with a Range Rover, but really, if you’ve got two little ones in booster seats like I do, the only thing that makes parenting easier than sliding doors is having grandparents to watch your kids.
Along with a selection of new vehicles outfitted with the company’s factory accessories, Honda also has on display a selection of vehicles highlighting the company’s successful past on the road and in motorsports. Included in that lineup are three particularly old school vehicles, including a 1974 Civic, an ’84 CRX and a ’71 N600.
The N600 was the first vehicle Honda sold in the U.S. and featured a 598cc 2-cylinder engine. It made 36-hp at 6000 rpm but could rev all the way to 9000 rpm.
Sitting next to the N600 is a 1974 Honda Civic 1200 that was used as an SCCA race car. It was driven by Honda district sales representative Bob Boileau Jr. in the SCCA GT5 class and won six championships between 1985 and 1990. It also once held the title as the World’s Fastest Civic, having hit 146.698 mph at Talladega Superspeedway in 1976.
Rounding out the trio is a 1984 Honda CRX Mugen Prototype with all sorts of Mugen goodies like a Mugen 4-2-1 exhaust manifold, Mugen camshaft, Mugen dampers and wheels and a Mugen clutch-type limited slip differential.