In 1969, after a decade of growth that led to Honda becoming the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in America and the world, Honda embarked on a new mission to sell cars in the United States. Honda entered the U.S. market with the Honda N600.
The N600 had an all-alloy engine that could achieve 9000 rpm and reach speeds of 81 miles per hour. A simple, yet skillfully designed vehicle, the N600 was nimble and fuel-efficient, and helped paved the way for the quality and reliability for which Honda vehicles have become known.
“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.”
Episode one begins with an introduction to acclaimed mechanic Tim Mings. Mings is known specifically for his experience in working with N600’s, having owned one himself, and having restored more than 1,000 N600 and Z600 vehicles throughout his career, but none of his previous restorations are as special as Serial One. After collecting dust in a junk pile for almost 50 years, a twist of fate helps “Serial One” find its way back to Honda.
The “Serial One” series documents the very first N600’s journey to make an incredible comeback, sharing Mings’ progress and some special surprises along the way. According to Mings, of the first 50 N600s that Honda brought to the US, only three still survive.
Honda‘s documentary series will follow every step of the restoration process, and the completed N600 will go to the company’s museum. We can’t wait to see how the car looks after Mings brings it back to life.