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This is @prkbkr’s first-generation Honda Life, an upscale kei car of the early 1970s. Up front is a water-cooled version of Honda’s CB450 motorcycle inline-two and let me tell you, it is not quiet.


Honda claimed a good 30 horsepower from this 356-cc engine, though it only had to push around about a thousand pounds.

If you want a better look at this car, check out this little video slideshow of the thing:

The Life went on to become a van after this generation, and remains a compact kei box-hatch thing today. It’s vaguely faster, too.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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