Not Your Mom’s Honda – 1966 Honda S600 Coupe

1966 Honda S600 CoupeHonda’s first victory on four wheels wasn’t with one of their mighty V-12 Formula One cars but with a pint-sized S600 sports car. The track was the Nurburgring, the driver was Denny Hulme, and the year was 1964. The middle child in the series of Honda sports cars that progressed from S500 to S800, the S600 was typical Honda: cleverly engineered, reliable and fun. The 606 cc motor made 57 horsepower at a screaming 8,500 rpm with the interesting four Keihin carburetor setup and drove the rear wheels through a separate chain final drive (one for each driving wheel). In 1965, a beautiful coupe version was introduced, and of the 13,000 or so S600’s built from 1964 to 1966, only 1,800 of them had a roof.

This mostly original matching-numbers example out of California is represented with just under 30,000 miles. Including a less than stellar repaint, it’s a bit tired cosmetically but it runs and drives. The first automobile that was really mass marketed by Honda, it’s an important part of the company’s history and undeniably cute, but tall buyers beware. These things are tiny and having a roof only makes things tighter in the cockpit. It won’t be the easiest thing to live with, but it might just be the easiest thing to park and hearing that tiny motor at 8,000 rpm must be something else.

Check out the 1966 Honda S600 Coupe hereĀ on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $16,099.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The red line was 10500 rpm

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