1970 Honda N600

1970 Honda N600 - Austin, Texas

1970 Honda N600 – Austin, Texas

I was at the Honda dealer back a couple of months ago to do my yearly servicing. It took longer than I expected, and I ended up waiting for about 2 hours. I was productive, however. I was able to write a few articles for my monthly newsletter, and take some pictures around the dealership. Luckily, I brought my Canon G1X Mark II with me. It was my newest camera (vintage 2014) that I was testing.

As the name First Texas Honda might suggest, this dealership has been around for a while. On display, they had the first Honda automobile that was sold in the U.S. A 1970 model N600 that was sold starting in 1969. That base model sold for $1,395 and had up to 45 horsepower. That’s about $9,500 in 2020 dollars.

I find it remarkable that a company selling such a modest car 50 years ago has grown to such a respected brand in America and around the world. I marveled at how small it is, and honestly a death trap by today’s standards. But everything has to start somewhere. It goes to show how much progress can be attained with continuous improvement.

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how fascinating it would be to see a dealership from 50 years ago. This is probably the next best thing, short of going to an actual car museum or time-traveling into the past.

1970 Honda N600 - Austin, Texas
1970 Honda N600 - Austin, Texas
1970 Honda N600 - Austin, Texas

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5 thoughts on “1970 Honda N600

  1. Smashingly good photos (not a death trap reference). Must have been a bit of a hot rod with 45 horsepower. The VW Beetle blazed the trail in the US for imported economy cars, weighing 1/3 more and offering 32 horsepower. By the time I was putting myself through college selling them the VW’s engine had been increased to a raging 36 bhp. People would put 20% down and wait three months to get one. No wonder Honda saw a market.

    1. Thank you, Mike. Well, I guess compared to the Beetle, the N600 must have been quite snappy. It’s all a matter of perspective, I guess.

      My dad bought a 1976 Honda Accord, which was the first year for that model. That became my first car 10 years later.

  2. My local Honda dealership has had a yellowish beige Honda N600 in the showroom for longer than I have lived in this township (20 years). While my Dad has owned various cars (Volkswagen Beetle, Mini Cooper, Datsun 160J, Toyota Corona) during my youth, all the cars my wife and I have owned since 1994 have been Hondas. I include Acura in that as the brand does not exist outside of North America.

    It’s true that these vehicles would not meet today’s safety requirements but at the time, but classic American cars from the 1970s would fail too and would have worse emissions.

    My classic Honda car would be the 1964 Honda S600 roadster, a clone of a similar European or Japanese roadster (Triumph Spitfire or Alfa Romeo Spider or Datsun 1600 Roadster). The S600 sells on auction sites for well over $25,000.

    I am desperately hoping that Honda bring back the Integra. Until 2006, I owned a Milano Red 1994 Acura Integra

    1. My parents and I have mostly owned Hondas too. My dad bought the first Accord in 1976. He also had couple of newer Accords after that, and an Integra at one point.

      My first car was that 1976 Accord. My first new car I bought was the 1988 Integra. Then I splurged and got a entry-level 1992 Legend Sedan. What a great car, which I drove for 15 years. After 10 years of Prius, I now own the Honda Clarity Plugin Hybrid. We also still own a 2007 Honda CRV.

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