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1965 Honda S600

Honda began to branch out into cars with the launch of the "S" series in 1963.

Having more than 1 carburetor made the car a "Sports" model, but the initial car, the S-360 was underpowered even with 4 carburetors and it was soon replaced with the S-500.

Even this model at 531cc was not enough and 3 months after it was introduced, it was replaced with the 606cc Honda S-600

The S-600 was available as a convertible and a fastback coupe and was Honda's first "mass marketed" car.
It was also the first Honda available in two "trim" levels: standard and a special "upgraded" package called the SM600 which included special paint, badging and quick release of the passenger seat among other options.
It was first offered with only Right Hand Steering, but Left Hand Steering was quickly made available for the Export Market.

11,284 convertibles were built between 1964 and 1966

Manufacturer: Honda Motor Company, Japan

Model: S600 convertible Motor: 4-stroke Body: Steel
Years Built: 1964-1966 No. Cylinders: 4 Chassis: Steel Tube
No. Produced: 11,284 Displacement: 606 cc
Suspension Front: Torsion Bar
No. Surviving: n/a Horsepower: 57 Suspension Rear: Coil
Length: 3300 mm Gearbox: 4 + rev
Steering: Rack & Pinion
Width: 1400 mm Starter: Electric Brakes: Hydraulic
Weight: 715 kg Electrics: 12 v 4 Wheels: 5.20/5.50 13
Interior: 2 seats Ignition: Coil Top Speed: 90 mph

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