While clearly a flagrant copy of the classic Mini’s signature design, the Honda N600 kei car is now old enough that nobody cares and is probably much more reliable than the British car anyway. At least you know it has proper (leaf spring) suspension (at the back) and none of that rubber cone malarkey that was never a long-term solution.
This super-clean-looking 1972 model, finished in glossy black, is looking for a buyer in Nampa, Idaho.
Its owner boasts that his car is “extremely nice,” having been repainted five years ago as well as undergoing a full interior restore three years after that. The minute 600cc engine was rebuilt 1,000 miles ago too, so it should be problem free for the most part.
The two-stroke motorcycle unit had between 36 – 45 hp, revved up to 9,000 rpm and back in the day it impressed journalists with the performance impression of an engine twice its size; top speed for the higher-powered models was 81 mph or 130 km/h.
Apparently, this model is somewhat of a historic one, because it’s one of the first Hondas to be manufactured outside Japan; it was made in Taiwan.
The “buy now” price for this car is $9,000, though the current bid is just over half that as you are reading this. If you like this sort of car, then it should be a nice little head turner for your daily shopping rounds.
By Andrei Nedelea