In 1969 after becoming the best-selling motorcycle brand in the United States, Honda introduced the N600 to our shores. After nearly 50 years of sitting in a junk pile, someone discovered Serial One—an N600 with VIN 1000001. However, they didn’t even know what they had found.
This historic vehicle was in dire shape, but was given to LA-based mechanic Tim Mings for a full restoration. Something he does on a full-time basis. When Mings made the serial number discovery, he contacted Honda and of course they became involved in the restoration.
The project took over a year to complete and the car had to be taken apart down to its sheet metal before any rebuilding could begin. Honda documented the entire process and has released a series of videos so fans could follow along.
“Throughout the incredible journey of Honda’s Serial One to a complete restoration, fans have been able to witness firsthand how meticulous the process has been to bring the first N600 in America back to its original form,” said Alicia Jones, Honda social media manager. “Sharing the restoration process with car enthusiasts and Honda fans everywhere is what this program has been all about.”
The finished product was unveiled at the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, California this summer.