Thursday, April 2, 2015

10k: Screaming Pistons: 1965 Honda S600 Coupe

The Honda S600 was the spiritual successor to the S500 (Honda's first production automobile) and survived for three years (1964-1966) before it was replaced by the S800.  You don't get to be one of the top auto manufacturers in the world without building some great vehicles and the little Honda was a great alternative to some of the small displacement British and Italians from the day.  Find this 1965 Honda S600 Coupe currently bidding here on eBay for $8,800 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go, located in Huntington Beach, CA.

The S600 roadster is a cute little thing, but its hardtop brother is certainly the cooler of the breed.  It looks a bit like a Shelby Daytona coupe mixed with a Triumph GT6.  This particular example is a rolling project that needs attention everywhere, but these things don't litter craigslist like an F-body Camero. 

Under the hood is a 606 cc DOHC inline-4 that was watercooled and fed via 4 single barrel carburetors to produce 57 horsepower at a screaming 8,500 rpm.  Natuarlly, an engine built by a motorcycle company had a redline around 10,000 rpm, but the little thing packed enough high end punch to keep up with engines twice its displacement, a trick Honda pulled 35 years later with the release of the S2000. 

For the current bidding price you won't get a great condition S600 coupe, but this thing looks like a good starting point for someone looking to do a restoration project or perhaps build the world's first S600 based Batmobile. 

See a better hardtop Japanese classic for the same money?


  1. What a wonderful find! Chips, dips, chains and...oval pistons! I love this car, but I'd want to find a more complete car personally. Which is neither here nor there. Still awesome.


  2. These things are cute as a bug's ear and just about as rare. The engine uses a roller bearing bottom end and rebuilding it is a specialist job. If the twin closed chain drives that move the power to the rear wheels need attention you and your wallet will be seeing another specialist. Finally, if you're six feet taller or taller you won't get into the car - you'll put it on. One of our pilots brought an S600 back from Japan way back when and I was gifted with a test drive. At that time I was 6' and 185lbs. I could walk further than I would have wanted to drive that little car.

  3. Oh, man, want. 50s left. Stupid idea to bid 10k.

  4. Replies
    1. Very interesting. That seems like a lot of money to me. But what do I know.

  5. I love these cars especially after seeing a gorgeously restored S800 parked on the street in Amsterdam. In other Honda news the Civic type R is coming to America VTEC Turbos y'all!


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