The anticipation is over. The restoration of the first Honda automobile in America is complete.
March started Honda's journey restoring "Serial One". The first Honda automobile in America the N600 with Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) 1000001. The 12-episode documentary series that caught the diligent restoration of the N600 by the LA based mechanic Tim Mings, ended October 18. On the series finale debuted the restores "Serial One" to the world. The "Serial One" online series has captured fans for over six months on Honda's social channce;s and at serialone.com
The last episode shows the fully restored "Serial One" and a look back from all the hard work from beginning to end. Tim Mings and his team puts the final touches on "Serial One", from tightening bolts and signing the roof on the vehivle before it's installed. For the first time, fans will see and hear the engine running. Mings aslo shares his expereinces with rebuilding the N6oo ant his connections he was built with the N600 and Honda. The epsiode concludes with taking "Serial One" to the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, CA.
"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," said Alicia Jones, Honda social media manager. "Sharing the restoration process with car enthusiasts and Honda fans everywhere is what this program has been all about."
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.
Fore more information on Honda's "Serial One" and to view the full series, visit www.serialone.com.