SHED OF THE WEEK: HONDA LEGEND
This week Shed proffers a Japanese luxobarge that isn't a Lexus LS400
Put 'legend' into Google and you'll get more than 500 million results ranging from film titles to a hotel in Saigon via a Bob Marley tune and a pushbike shop. What you won't get for at least the first ten pages of your Google results (as far as Shed could be bothered to go) is any mention of the Honda, which goes to show just how far under the dragnet this scaled-down Lexus LS400 swims.
The first Legend ('85-'90) was the result of a joint venture with our very own Austin Rover Group. The idea was to give Honda something with which to compete against domestic slushmobiles like the Toyota Crown and Nissan Cedric, and to create a replacement for Rover's ageing SD1. Japanese and US markets got the Legend: we got the Rover 800 Sterling.
With the bar on quality and refinement having been well and truly reset in 1989 by the arrival of the LS400, the second-gen Legend had it all to do when it slid into the market a year later. Noting the similarity of the two cars' profiles makes you think that Honda must have had a pretty good inside line on what Toyota was about to unleash. Either that or they were using the same design software.
This is the second Legend to come before Shed's pince-nez spectacles in the last few weeks. Garlick was interested in the first one and so, in the finest British traditions of patronage and favouritism, and knowing which side his bread was buttered on, Shed put a D-notice on it.
In the end he needn't have bothered, as PG opted for the watery perch of a scooter instead. Go figure. No such worries with this Legend. Garlick's loss is your gain.
Here's the ad.
HONDA LEGEND 3.5 V6 AUTO (1998), Honda, Legend, Silver, 1998, 5 doors, Saloon, Automatic, Unleaded, 3.5, ABS, Alarm, immobiliser, CD player, central locking, electric mirrors, electric windows, heated seats, power steering, radio, sunroof, airbags, child locks, climate control, cruise control, electric seats, HONDA LEGEND 3.5 V6 AUTO (1998) (£1,050) Grey Metallic colour, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Full Leather, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Auto, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Centre Armrest, Electric Seats, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Support, Rear Armrest, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, ABS, Air Bag, Child Locks, Multiple Airbags, Quick-Clear Screen, Colour Coded Body, Metallic Paintwork, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Electric Sunroof, Multi-Disc CD Player, Radio Cassette, 16'' Alloys, ALl 4 original keys including red master.
MOT EXP - April 2014
TAX EXP - September 2014 - 12 Months brand new!!
Absolutely lovely executive car in great condition, with all the mod cons you would need.
Come and grab a bargain ...In 1998 this car was 50K :)