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Honda T360
Honda T360
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Honda T500
Production Jun 1963–Aug 1967
Successor Honda Vamos
Class Kei truck
Body style(s) 2-door pickup truck
2-door van
Engine(s) 356 cc Honda AK250E series I4
531 cc Honda AK280E series I4
Related Honda S360
Honda S600
Honda L700

The T360 was a pickup truck from Honda. Introduced in June 1963, it was Honda's first production automobile.

The T360 used a small 356 cc AK250E series straight-4 engine also found in the Honda S360 roadster prototype. The mid-mounted unit propelled the truck to a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph).[1] The engine generated 30 hp (22 kW) at 8,500 rpm, reflecting Honda's motorcycle heritage. 108,920 T360s were produced from 1963 through 1967, all painted in 'May Blue'.[2]

The similar T500 used a 38 hp (28 kW) 531 cc version of the engine, exempting it from the Kei car class. This peaky engine (max power arrived at a heady 7,500 rpm, with redline at an astronomical 9,000 rpm) was a slightly downtuned version of the one found in the Honda S500 sportscar, an unusual choice for a truck. Top speed was 105 km/h (65 mph). 10,226 T500s were built from 1964 through 1967, and were all painted 'Moss Green'. Aside from the different color and engine, the T500 was 20 cm longer (all behind the rear axle), since its overall length wasn't dictated by the Kei regulations.[1] Another minor distinction was the fittings for license plates larger than those of a Kei car.

The T360 was produced as a conventional rear wheel drive pickup truck, a flatbed (the T360F), flatbed with folding sides (the T360H), and as a covered van (the T360V). The T500 came either with a conventional pickup body (T500), or with the folding side flatbed, confusingly called the T500F.[2]

Honda T500F (folding side flatbed)


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Honda T360/T500 brochure (1964), p. 4. Honda Motor Company. Accessed at Honda Sports Registry.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hsu, Ben (2007-07-09). "Profiles: 1964 Honda T500F". Japanese Nostalgic Car. Retrieved on 2010-11-10.

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