Touch of a Genius

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“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-ExupéryAirman’s Odyssey

All the classics we have ever come to know and even eventually come to love have come from a humbling story; the boy who accepted a calling and ran after it even when things got difficult. And most of the time it takes at least one simple inspiration no matter how insignificant it is to the eyes of many to come up with something bigger than what your inspiration started as.

If you already heard of the founder of Honda and his humble beginnings, you would think of how great his will power is and how much risks he have taken to be on one of the top. Usually when we know of someone so legendary and epic, we would very much understand if he were to quietly retire due to old age, but no, not Soichiro Honda. Because Mr. Honda is much more than that, his passion for cars is unparalleled and before he finally retired Mr. Honda dedicated his time and decades of precious knowledge onto creating the last car he will personally hold responsible for, the Honda 1300 Coupe 9. At those times, Toyota ruled the automobile industry and was a super power among many – even unfortunately pushing out Honda and many other starting companies. Until Honda’s Coupe 9 came out and changed created a change of perspective among Japanese automakers and the world.With only 8,000 spread across the world, this car is pretty much a rare car and getting your hands on one would take great effort and not to mention a lot of money. Built back in the year 1969, the Honda 1300 Coupe 9 is a classic and is every car collector’s dream to have. Which a man named Myron Vernis actually realized. In fact he does not only have one of these babies but he has two of the Coupe 9. When asked why the Coupe 9 is considered a collectible his answer is, “Rare does not always equal collectible, but in this case it does. This is the archetype for all modern Hondas and it comes with technologies that were decades ahead of their time in a roadgoing vehicle.” Very true not to mention people misunderstand that rare just means it is in a small quantity not automatically a collectible.

Honda 1300 Coupe

Honda 1300 Coupe

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http://www.motortrend.com/classic/features/13q1_1972_honda_1300_coupe_9_gtl/

http://www.motortrend.com/classic/features/13q1_1972_honda_1300_coupe_9_gtl/specs.html

http://jalopnik.com/246084/jalopnik-fantasy-garage-honda-1300-coupe-9

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/perfection