|Also called||Honda L800|
L700: October 1965-September 1966
L800: September 1966-November 1967
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door wagon|
|Layout||front-engine, rear drive|
|Wheelbase||2,245 mm (88.4 in)|
|Length||3,690 mm (145 in)|
|Width||1,485 mm (58.5 in)|
|Height||1,400 mm (55 in)|
|Curb weight||800 kg (1,800 lb) (LM700)|
The L700 was a commercial station wagon from Honda. Produced for only eleven months beginning in October 1965, it shared the S600 roadster's mechanicals and used a bored out version of that car's high-tech inline-four engine. At 687 cc, the DOHC engine produced 52 hp (39 kW) with twin side-draft carburettors.
The L700 was designed for commercial deliveries and was referred to by Honda as a light van, but it appeared as a conventional station wagon, seating five. Only a four-speed manual transmission was available, the front suspension was independent by MacPherson struts while the rear was a conventional leaf sprung live axle. Two models were built — the basic LA700 and better-equipped LM700. A third version, called the Honda P700 was a small pick-up truck version, with an exposed load bay and a standard cab situated behind the engine, using the same chassis as the L700 (front engine, rear drive). It appeared a month after the L700. 12,763 L700 and 1328 P700 were built. Payload for all L and P-series models was 400 kg (880 lb).
The L700 was replaced in 1966 by the L800. Basically an L700 with a 58 hp (43 kW) 791 cc engine, the L800 was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1965. The engine came from the S800 roadster but used a single side-draft carburettor. It was available in LA and LM trim levels like the L700, and about 12,500 were produced through 1967. The "L" prefix is a naming reference to lorry, a European term used for commercial delivery vehicles. 7275 L800 were built, alongside 1079 P800. In total, 22,445 of all L- and P-series models were built; very few remain.
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- Ozeki, p. 162
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