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ClassicsHonda Restores the Very First Car it Brought to America

17:56  21 june  2019
17:56  21 june  2019 Source:   roadandtrack.com

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Los Angeles Honda mechanic Tim Mings bought this little green Honda without realizing its provenance. After a few years, Mings cleaned the car off, only to discover that it wears VIN #001— the very first N600 ever assembled. Mings says he's restored more than 1000 examples of this model

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A Los Angeles Honda specialist stumbled upon this 1967 N600 wearing VIN #001, and now it's headed for the Honda museum.

Honda's start in the U.S. was rather inauspicious. With the 1973 fuel crisis was still a few years in the future and big cars with big V8s ruling the road, this diminutive 1967 Honda N600 was an odd duck in America. But now, the first Honda to ever reach U.S. shores is being lovingly restored, as documented in a video series called Serial One.

Los Angeles Honda mechanic Tim Mings bought this little green Honda without realizing its provenance. After a few years, Mings cleaned the car off, only to discover that it wears VIN #001-the very first N600 ever assembled. Mings says he's restored more than 1000 examples of this model over the last 20 years, so he's more than up to the task to restore this particular car.

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The first car Honda ever sold in the US was the N600 hatchback. The car was left to die in a dusty garage, but thanks to Honda and a man who specializes in restoring Honda originally brought a small handful to the US in order to gauge customer demand. Being an economy car , its original owner

The car was parked and left untouched for more than 16 years before SEAT technicians set to restoring it . While the reunion of Majesty and machine was of course a sentimental one, King Felipe VI won't be bringing the little Honda 's About to Restore the Very First Car it Brought to America .

Of the first 50 N600s Honda built in 1967, just three, including this one, survive. It was brought to the U.S. in 1969 and served as a test vehicle before sitting stagnant for years. When Mings' restoration is finished, the car will live in Honda's U.S. museum.

It's a fitting tribute to an incredibly important car in U.S. automotive history. Though many would doubt it in 1969, Honda and other Japanese carmakers would permanently upend the industry with their small, fuel efficient cars that were more durable and more solidly built than their American contemporaries.

Maybe before it's parked in the museum, Honda will let us take it for a spin. Is that too much to ask?

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