Friday, October 16, 2015

Chain Smoker: 1972 Honda N600 Custom

The Honda N600 is a diminutive front drive subcompact, essentially a larger engined version of a Japanese Kei Car built for export to places where a 360cc engine simply wasn't acceptable.  It was still a slow little car, and has the dubious honor of being the first Honda car ever imported to the US market, making it the grandpappy to scores of Civics, Accords, Integras and Legends.  However, today's N600 is no original condition snoozer with 22.5 metric horsepower...quite the opposite, it is a sport bike powered menace ready to eat some lunch at an autocross.  Find this 1972 Honda N600 Custom here on eBay bidding for $11,700 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Bakersfield, CA.

I'm gonna drink my milk, and when I grow up...
The first thing you've got to understand with this custom N600 is that someone didn't just slap a bigger engine into the little happy, this was a complete transformation.  A Dr Jekyll to Godzilla kind of transformation.   It starts with a 1998 Honda VFR800 motorcycle engine mounted in between the front wheels.

Open wide and say..AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH

The builder didn't just take a motorcycle engine and slap it into a front drive econobox in a weekend and call it done.  This was a serious undertaking that involved a transformation to rear-wheel-drive, a paint job, custom interior -- just read the sellers 32 page build log here on locostUSA forums.  With 110 horsepower and a 1400 lb curb weight this thing will be a blast through set of cones.

Those paddles don't look very flappy...

The attention to detail in this little custom is what sets it apart from the typical motorcycle engine powered custom, particularly the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.  If you are going to build something insane like this, you might as well do a good job. 

The seller includes a link to an autocross that looks more fun than a barrel full monkeys.

How does that trunk work?

See a better bike powered 4-wheeler?


  1. One of the most bizarre, yet cool custom builds I've ever seen. Made my day to watch the videos.

  2. I'm going to have to look at his narrowed Miata IRS a little more closely, see if the geometry and roll center really stay where they belong.


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