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Honda S600 : 1965

The first "mass marketed" Honda.
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n/a 606 cc in-line 4-Cylinder 57.0 1964 - 1966
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The Honda S600 is an automobile manufactured by Honda. It was launched in March of 1964. It was the first Honda car to be offered in two versions, as convertible, bearing strong resemblance to the Honda S500, and as a fastback coupe introduced in March of 1965. During its production run up to 1966, the model styling would remain pretty much the same, with the most notable changes coming to the front grille, bumper, and headlights.


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1965 Honda S600. (source: Honda)

Powered by a DOHC, water-cooled, in-line 4 cylinder engine with four carburetors, the engine capacity was increased to 606 cc from the S500's 492 cc. The engine produced 57 hp (43 kW) at 8500 rpm and had a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h). With the convertible weighing in at mere 1576 pounds, the extra sheet metal of the coupe only added 33 pounds to the overall weight. Suspension was independent with sealed roller chain drive to each rear wheel.

The S600 was the first "mass marketed" Honda car. First offered only with right-hand steering, it soon became available in left-hand steering so as to be appealing to the export market. (There were a few pre-production S500s manufactured with left hand steering, two or three even being shown in some early sales brochures, but all production S500s were right hand drive.)

Both the S600 roadster and coupe were available in standard trim and a special, upgraded package called the SM600 which included, among other items, special paint colors, exclusive badging, a standard radio and speaker, a special antenna in the passenger side sun visor, standard reversing lights, a standard cigarette lighter, a standard heater, better cushioned seats, and a detachable seat track for quick removal of the passenger seat.

Production of the S600 was much greater than that of its predecessor, the S500. In fact, of the three production engine sizes for the sports cars, the S600 had the highest figures.

Honda built 3,912 roadsters in 1964, with production climbing to 7,261 convertibles and 1,519 coupes in 1965. Production dropped off in 1966 (as they were shifting to the S800) with only 111 roadsters and 281 coupes, giving tallies of 11,284 convertibles and 1,800 coupes for the 3 year span.

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Honda civic2890 days ago

Honda S600 is really tiny 2 seated Vintage car. And it is look like Antique piece. Naturally, outsider Honda's cars were completely different from those of most everybody else. The majority of Japanese manufacturers started out building frumpy entry-level sedans, licensed or copied from existing Western designs-complete with all the bad habits and compromises baked in years earlier on the other side of the world.

Himanshu

Bob2596 days ago

I owned a 1967 Honda S600 Coupe and I loved it! Yes, its engine sounded more like a hi-revving motorcycle, and its handling (as a result of its odd dual chain drive) was scary at times, and it was very susceptible to rust, but this car had real CHARACTER!

tsb2359 days ago

Honda S600, honda sports car of the 60's with a 9500 rpm. i think this kicked backside in the 60's.

ruth2220 days ago

S600 was know as the best marketed honda car all over the world. Created with a right steering transmission, this vehicle could run on its average speead. Few years laters, it became available in left hand steering as well so as to be appealing to the export market. Made of aluminum, it features roller-chain-driven dual overhead cams, hemispherical cross-flow heads, four Keihin side-draft carbs, and a built-up crankshaft that uses seven caged, needle-roller bearings for the mains and connecting-rod big-ends. This setting could enable a 9500-rpm redline and can safely spin to above 11,000 revs!

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