Restoration reveal of ‘Serial One’

Restoration reveal of ‘Serial One’

Honda has produced a 12 video series of the restoration of the very first Honda car in America, the N600 with Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) 1000001, called “Serial One.”

The video below is the finale of the big reveal of the car to an audience. It took Tim Mings and his team 12- 18 months to rebuild this special car back to it’s genuine greatness after 50 years of being on a junk pile. Tim and his team have restored over 300 of these cars before but this one was just so exceptional.

“Throughout the incredible journey of Honda’s Serial One to a complete restoration, fans have been able to witness firsthand how meticulous the process has been to bring the first N600 in America back to its original form, sharing the restoration process with car enthusiasts and Honda fans everywhere is what this program has been all about.”  said Alicia Jones, Honda social media manager.

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N600 History: The First Honda in America

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, which was just 122 inches in length and could actually fit between the wheels of some full size vehicles in America, which measured up to 225 inches in length and weighed nearly twice as much as the NSX.

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, characteristics it shares with today’s Honda’s, and helped paved the way for the quality and reliability for which Honda vehicles have become known.



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