Honda S600 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Honda S600 front side Honda S600 front side
Honda S600 rear side Honda S600 rear side
Honda S600 front side build Honda S600 front side build
Honda S600 front side build progress Honda S600 front side build progress
Honda S600 rear side garage Honda S600 rear side garage

Fully restored example of Honda’s first mass-market offering as a car company

Honda cut its teeth as a Grand Prix-calibre motorcycle manufacturer before Soichiro Honda decided to have a go at making cars in the early 60s.

The first four-wheeled offering was the S500 of 1963: a front-engined/rear-driven two-seater roadster – a configuration inspired by lightweight British roadsters.

But Honda-san said he ‘didn’t want to build a car like everyone else’s’.

While most Japanese carmakers were utilising cast-iron engines, Honda developed a water-cooled DOHC aluminium four-cylinder with four Keihin carburettors – with the half-litre mill able to spin up to 8000rpm.

The independent rear suspension’s construction doubled as motorcycle-style swing arms and housed an innovative chain-drive system to power the rear wheels.

The Honda S600 was an evolution of the S500’s original design, built from 1964-1966, and expanded the engine capacity to 606ccs. It’s widely regarded as Honda’s first truly mass-marketed car.

The handsome little blue metallic S600 on the market today looks like a stunning example of the breed.

The seller states that the car is a fully restored example, with the car presenting near-faultless in the ad’s photos, with a few build shots included to show the extent of works carried out.

The car is currently on non-transferable club plates, so all that’s required is a RWC.

The seller welcomes inspections and urges any one interested to contact them for more details.

Honda’s S600 is a truly significant model within the brand’s history, and would suit a marque collector or discerning Japanese enthusiast.

This little Japanese roadster is based in Victoria, and is listed for $35,000.

Check out the full listing here!

 

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