Watch the Very First Honda to Ever Come to the US Begin its Restoration Process


Ever wonder what the very first Honda in the U.S. looks like today?

The fact that it still survives is surprising, and Honda is going to share the journey of it being restored with the world. The Japanese automaker is launching an online documentary series called “Serial One” that will follow N600 mechanic Tim Mings as he works to bring the vehicle back to life.

In 1969, Honda brought the N600 to the U.S. after a decade of growth in the country and becoming the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in America. The original N600 that arrived in the U.S. measured 122 inches in length and weighed nearly twice as much as the NSX. Powered by a 600cc two-cylinder engine capable of achieving 9000 rpm, the N600 had a top speed of 81 mph.

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According to Mings, who is the only mechanic in the world that exclusively works on N600 and Z600 vehiecles, only 50 N600s were brought to the U.S. initially and only three survive today. Mings actually owned the very first vehicle American Honda ever brought to the U.S. for several years before he cleaned off the serial number to reveal the surprise.

Mings says he has worked on 1,000 or more N600s and Z600s over the years and considers this particular N600 his most prized possession. The first episode of the documentary introduces us to Mings and the special car as he begins the restoration process.

“We’re so proud to bring the story of Honda’s roots in the U.S. to life through the restoration of this vehicle,” said Alicia Jones, Honda social media manager. “Finding Serial One, the very first Honda N600 test vehicle in America, and documenting the meticulous process of bringing it back to life really embodies the Honda spirit. We can’t wait for viewers to come along with us on this journey.”

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  • Noe

    Lovely spot of history

    Small, dainty and minimalist at the time (still) vs the hulking heavy competition (at the time)

    How things have changed and the competition locally and overseas has adapted and/or died