Ok, this is kinda freakin’ me out because this is the second compact car I’m writing about today. First it was the Fiat 500 695 Tributo and now this. What you see before you is a 1972 Honda 600 and damn if it isn’t the smallest thing to roll past my eyeballs in quite some time. I found this little guy over at Hemmings and I’m simply amazed at what a compact package this is.
Just looking over the specs makes me giggle. It was ten feet long, weighed 1300 lbs. (yes, that it is correct) and was powered by a two-cylinder motorcycle engine that made 36 hp. Granted it’s a little thing but keep in mind that this was Honda’s first venture into the US market. In fact they actually sold over 40,000 of them between 1970-1972.
The more I actually look at the 600 the more I’m thinking sub-compact. I’m not sure about the wheels, but I’m guessing they’re maybe 13 incher’s. Then there is also the question of the rear seats. I mean it has them, but why? Who the hell would even fit back there.
One thing I keep doing is staring at the engine bay. Even with that two-cylinder mill I can’t help but notice how much room there is. Think about how much fun this thing would be if you shoehorned in a Hayabusa engine, or hell, if you wanted to keep it all Honda throw the 999cc engine from the new CBR1000RR in there. Now that would be a real pisser. Either way though this is a pretty cool little scoot that Honda made.