This first-generation Odyssey is powered by an air-cooled, two-stroke, 250cc
engine. The engine had a pull starter, and the automatic transmission didn’t
The Honda museum is gearhead heaven, with race engines like this Indy turbo
V- 8. The 2.65-liter engine produces a healthy 750-plus horsepower at 14,000
Honda’s tiny, lunchbox-sized, 1964 640 generator used a 21.2cc gas engine
to produce 40 watts of power, enough to power a portable Sony micro TV that
was introduced in the 1960s. Note the car keys shown for size comparison.
The first-generation Rubicon 500 4x4 was equipped with Honda’s unusual
hydrostatic transmission, the first fully automatic Honda ATV transmission with
a manual shift mode.
Honda’s museum holds some examples of vehicle concepts for the future.
The three-seat P-NUT (Personal Neo Urban Transport) micro concept car was
developed to explore efficient shapes, seating and powertrains for city cars.
Electric, gas/electric and gas power are possibilities. Who knows, some of the
engineering and styling ideas could appear on a future Honda UTV. ❏