Does being the first US Honda really mean anything?
In 2016, Honda is one of the largest car brands in the world. However, this was not always the case. Back in 1969, Honda was struggling just to be seen as more than a motorcycle manufacturer. That year, Honda imported its first 50 cars into the United States. The cars were 1967 N360 models fitted with bigger 599 cc engines to cater to power-hungry Americans who were used to big V8s. Honda named the car the N600 and began to sell them through its motorcycle dealerships. It is amazing to think that this plan actually worked out so well.
Obviously Honda caught success in the US. Despite the eventual success, very few of these original N600s still exist. Now, vehicle restorer Tim Mings has found out that he owns the very first one of these cars and is setting out to restore it. It may be quite a special car, but it is still just a Honda.