1971 Honda N600 “Woodie” Wagon

Predictably, given its status as the world’s leading motorcycle producer, Honda’s initial venture into sports cars incorporated technology derived from its Grand Prix-winning motorcycles. The engines were all-aluminum, four-cylinder, twin-overhead-camshaft, water-cooled units, featuring four carburetors and roller bearings throughout.

The early S500 model utilized a part-chain transmission. In 1964, the S500 was succeeded by the S600, which had a 600cc engine and a conventional rear axle, although chain drive was retained for certain markets.

Introduced as Honda’s first car in Europe, the S600 was offered in coupe or convertible variants. When fully equipped (two trim levels were available), the S600 included special paint, reversing lights, improved seats, a cigarette lighter, a heater, and a radio with a loudspeaker as standard.

Boasting 57bhp, this compact marvel could reach 140km/h (90mph) and could compete with the larger Sprites and Midgets. In 1967, Honda expanded the lineup by introducing the N360, a four-passenger sedan, with ‘N’ representing Norimono, signifying ‘vehicle’ and distinguishing it from their motorcycles. The N600, equipped with a larger engine, joined the family shortly thereafter.

Source: Bonhams Cars