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Το αυτοκίνητο με το οποίο η Honda συστήθηκε στην αμερικάνικη αγορά ήταν ένα N600, το 1969. Ήταν ιδιαίτερα τεχνολογικά προηγμένο για την εποχή του, καθώς διέθετε αλουμινένιο κινητήρα 600 κ.εκ. ο οποίος απέδιδε 36 με 45 άλογα, και στρόφαρε μέχρι τις 9.000 σ.α.λ. και είχε τελική ταχύτητα 130 χλμ/ώρα. Το συνολικό του βάρος δεν υπερέβαινε τα 550 κιλά, εξαιτίας των συμπαγών του διαστάσεων και τη χρήση πλαστικών μερών στο αμάξωμα.

Η ιαπωνική εταιρία και πιο συγκεκριμένα ένας ειδικός μηχανικός για το N600, ο Tim Mings, ξεκίνησε την ανακατασκευή του πρώτου αυτοκινήτου της ιαπωνικής εταιρίας που πάτησε την αμερικάνικη ήπειρο και μέσω εβδομαδιαίων video θα βλέπουμε την πορεία του.

Ο Mings υπολογίζει ότι έχει εργαστεί σε πάνω από 1.000 αυτοκίνητα των N600 και Z600, αλλά κανένα δεν ήταν τόσο ιδιαίτερο όσο αυτό το πράσινο. Το είχε στην κατοχή του για αρκετά χρόνια, και μόλις καθάρισε μια μέρα τον αριθμό πλαισίου του αυτοκινήτου, είδε με έκπληξη ότι αυτό ήταν το απολύτως πρώτο αυτοκίνητο που πωλήθηκε, με τον Mings να υπολογίζει ότι από τα 50 πρώτα N600 που η Honda έφερε στην Αμερική, μόλις τρία κυκλοφορούν μέχρι σήμερα.

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HONDA CELEBRATES AUTOMOTIVE HERITAGE AND HISTORY IN THE U.S. IN NEW ONLINE SERIES LAUNCHING ON SOCIAL MEDIA

“Serial One,” new online documentary series features the painstaking restoration of the very first Honda N600 in the U.S

Fans can follow the journey as acclaimed N600 mechanic Tim Mings brings the vehicle back to life

Mar 16, 2016 – TORRANCE, Calif. — The story of American Honda’s first N600 vehicle in the United States in 1969 unfolds through the eyes of a determined mechanic, taking viewers on a journey to restore the first American Honda VIN, “Serial One.” Launching today on Honda’s social channels and at serialone.com, Honda’s new weekly online content series pays homage to the company’s roots in America and reflects the challenging spirit of Honda by featuring an in-depth look at the step-by-step restoration of the N600 by Los Angeles-based mechanic Tim Mings.

In 1969, after a decade of growth that led to Honda becoming the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in America and the world, Honda embarked on a new mission to sell cars in the United States. Honda entered the U.S. market with the Honda N600, which was just 122 inches in length and could actually fit between the wheels of some full size vehicles in America, which measured up to 225 inches in length and weighed nearly twice as much as the NSX.

The N600 had an all-alloy engine that could achieve 9000 rpm and reach speeds of 81 miles per hour. A simple, yet skillfully designed vehicle, the N600 was nimble and fuel-efficient, characteristics it shares with today’s Honda’s, and helped paved the way for the quality and reliability for which Honda vehicles have become known.

“We’re so proud to bring the story of Honda’s roots in the U.S. to life through the restoration of this vehicle,” said Alicia Jones, Honda social media manager. “Finding Serial One, the very first Honda N600 test vehicle in America, and documenting the meticulous process of bringing it back to life really embodies the Honda spirit. We can’t wait for viewers to come along with us on this journey.”

Episode one begins with an introduction to acclaimed mechanic Tim Mings, known for his incredible ability to bring the most destructed of vehicles back to life, specifically for his experience in working with N600’s, having owned one himself, and having restored more than 1,000 N600 vehicles throughout his career, but none as special as Serial One. After collecting dust in a junk pile for almost 50 years, a twist of fate helps “Serial One” find its way to Honda and the right man who can restore it to its former glory.

The “Serial One” series documents the very first N600’s journey to make an incredible comeback, sharing Mings’ progress and some special surprises along the way. Each week fans can follow the journey as Honda brings an important piece of its history back to life. Fans can follow the progress on the Honda social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram in addition to serialone.com.

About Honda Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic and Accord passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, and the Odyssey minivan. The next generation Ridgeline pickup truck is set to debut later this year.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2015, more than 99 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.