Hemmings Find of the Day – 1971 Honda N600
Pickle, the 1971 Honda N600 for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:
Meet Pickle, a 1971 Honda N600 Microcar named after the previous owner’s dog. He sold this car to pay for his four legged friend’s vet bills and thankfully he beat his cancer and is happy and healthy to this day! This adorable car never fails to start, runs great and attracts more attention at a car show than any import or American classic. No wonder because its just so darn cute.
Modeled after the iconic original Mini made in England, the N600’s diminutive size complied with Japan’s Kei Car standards and was the first Honda automobile approved for import to the United States. It is powered by an inline two cylinder 600cc air cooled motor sharing design characteristics with Honda’s line of motorcycle engines. Weighing in at 1100 pounds it’s 45 horsepower make it surprisingly peppy around town and capable of holding 65 mph on the interstate with out too much drama.
This one starts right up and runs like a top. It shifts smoothly through all four gears; it handles like a go cart and tracks straight down the road. The front disk brakes will haul it down quickly when called upon. With a 9000 rpm redline the little guy is singing on the highway but makes a pleasant little sound around town. The interior is deceivingly spacious offering plenty of front seat room for 6+ footers.
Always in Texas, this little car is highly original and complete. Everything works as it should. The glass is all good and the windows open and close properly. The paint is an older respray in a color a few shades off from what Honda offered in a pale blue green, but still presents very well. There are a few flaws in the finish but there is no sign of corrosion or rust. The stainless and chrome is shiny and would benefit from a little elbow grease. The interior (seats, carpet, door cards and headliner) is clean and tidy too.
Rowlett TX, Texas
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