Normally, when an automaker releases an all-new version of a certain model, the website for that is consigned to the pages of (web) history, never to be found again. Then there's Honda Japan.
If you head on to Honda's Japanese website, you might stumble upon what they call their auto archive. Click on it and make sure you have a lot of time on your hands. You might just get lost checking out their extensive catalog, and we mean extensive.
In Honda Auto Archive, you'll see models dating back to the 60's with full specifications and, in some cases, even their prices when they were first launched. You'll even get to see how the Honda Japan website looked like way back in the days of dial-up internet. How's that for nostalgia?
Honda Auto Archive is home to over 60 vehicles and hundreds of variants from the Japanese automaker's storied past. From S800s to S2000s, Preludes to NSXs, every Honda that was offered in the Japanese Domestic Market can be seen here. Want to know the specs of the Japan-spec Civic EK? No problem. What about the Type R? It's there too. Click on a car you're interested in and it will show you what that car's page looked at right up until the succeeding generation was launched. With so much data (and pictures) to go about, you're bound to learn something new.
The page is all in Japanese so it's handy to have that web translator around. Sure, some things might get lost in translation but you'll appreciate Honda for even doing this in the first place. If anything, what Honda has created here is probably the only automotive museum in cyberspace. We sure wish other brands would follow suit. After all, it's nice to feel nostalgic every now and then.
Our personal favorite archive? That would be the page of the 2007 Civic Type R page.