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Just in case you didn't notice the link in the right hand column, Honda has a site that will cover the restoration of N600 Serial #1 , the first Honda automobile ever imported to the USA. http://www.serialone.com/

Watching the video made me all nostalgic. In 1970, my wife and I bought our first new car, a champagne beige N600 for $1600. No power steering, motorcycle transmission (no synchromesh), and needless to say, no air conditioning — but we never needed A/C in Monterey.

I put heavier oil in the front struts, replaced the rear shocks with Konis, installed a hotter domestic market camshaft and larger carburetor. With an air-cooled 2-cylinder 600cc engine (smaller than most motorcycles these days), it would do 90 mph on a straight, and returned ~33 mpg around town, 44 mpg on the highway. Sold it in 1978 at ~90,000 miles for $1000 — the lowest depreciation on any automobile that I have ever owned.

The rear seats weren't "magic", but were only held in by 2 thumb nuts, so it took only a couple of minutes to remove the rear seat back and cushion, and haul stuff. The record was a 6' Christmas tree — pretty amazing for a car only 10 feet long!
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As I recall, in in the earl 60's the Tallahassee Morris and SAAB importer displayed what I believe was a 360S Honda ... air cooled twin, motorcyle engine, chaindrive, fibreglas roadster body.

Today it's all very hazy, but I do clearly remember thinking, "Maybe the Quickly, but they'll never make it as a car company."

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As I recall, in in the earl 60's the Tallahassee Morris and SAAB importer displayed what I believe was a 360S Honda ... air cooled twin, motorcyle engine, chaindrive, fibreglas roadster body.

Today it's all very hazy, but I do clearly remember thinking, "Maybe the Quickly, but they'll never make it as a car company."
I think that was the S360/500/600 roadster, which was a gray market import. It was a handsome little sports car, with a DOHC, water-cooled, four-cylinder engine, and chain drive to the rear wheels!


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Yes, this is very cool. I saw this the other day and will keep checking in. I would love to see Honda bring their modern day N600 (N-One) to this market. I know it is a slim chance because it is a Kei car but a slightly larger version would be awesome and have it priced less than the Fit.
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