The Truth About Cars » honda n600 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:45:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » honda n600 A Trip To The Honda Museum Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:19:55 +0000 LosAngelesJune6th 019

Two weeks ago, Honda kind enough to throw open the doors of their museum in Torrance, California, which houses a collection of significant vehicles sold by the company. There’s something for everyone here, from the smallest N600 to the NSX, along with all sorts of detritus located in a secret corner of the warehouse space. Allow us to take you on a virtual tour below the jump.

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The N600 – one of Honda’s first efforts in North America, and a striking doppleganger for the original Mini, no? It wouldn’t surprise me if Honda was “inspired” by Sir Alec’s creation.

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The funkier looking Z600.

LosAngelesJune6th 046Speaking as someone who was born long after these cars had oxidized, I was amazed at how thin the door panels were compared to modern cars.

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In the corner were some wheels and tires for a 1973 Civic. They don’t look much bigger than my go-kart tires.

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A 1973 Civic. That same year, one of my Grandfather’s congregants approached him and said “Rabbi, I am selling a new car, from Japan. It’s called the Honda Civic.” My grandfather was a die-hard Detroit guy up until then, but he took a chance on Mr. Reddinger’s new car. People laughed at him…until winter came, and he had no problems with traction. Or filling up the gas tank. My grandparents drove the car until it literally fell apart. My grandfather’s last car was a 1991 Accord that he purchased off my Dad.

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A Civic wagon.

LosAngelesJune6th 058The interior is, as Bring-A-Trailer would say, “period correct”. I haven’t seen red/burgundy upholstery since the early 1990′s Chevrolet Lumina.

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Hang on to your hands, B&B. A brown wagon with a manual transmission. This one has 68 original miles.

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I am digging the houndstooth fabric seat covers. It looks like one of my father’s old sport coats.

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A Civic Si hatch.

LosAngelesJune6th 067These EF sedans were a staple of my childhood. Every year, my mother would get a new one, always in white.

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Sadly, this car is automatic.

LosAngelesJune6th 070Inside the museum is a replica of the first American Honda store at 4077 West Pico in Los Angeles. Outside sit an N600 and something on two wheels.

LosAngelesJune6th 072Inside is a veritable treasure trove of Honda goodies…

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All those 10 Best awards for the Accord? They have to go somewhere.

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Old brochures

LosAngelesJune6th 079And even this diorama. I suppose that’s Asimo about to dock a spacecraft with a Ridgeline.

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Across from the Civics was a row dedicated to the Accord. What a metamorphosis it’s gone through, from hatchback

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To brown sedan

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To coupe. And they all had 4-cylinder engines.

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Acura wasn’t forgotten either.

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Nor were Honda’s greener efforts.

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But this is what I was really here to see.

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Next to the Insights and fuel cell concepts sat a 1991 NSX with 80,000+ miles on it. Almost like a middle finger to the green cars. The outside looked pretty, but the inside was actually fairly worn and ratty.

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Not that it matters. Honda has this 78-mile 2004 example as well.

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And what might be the last unmolested Integra Type-R.

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The iconic RealTime Racing cars were in attendance

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As well as a more dubious example of a “race car”

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This, however, is the real deal.

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A beautiful example of a CRX Si.

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Alongside it, an earlier Si as well as a real-life Mugen version.

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Behind them, an original ad for the U.S. built Accord coupe, which was exported to Japan briefly.

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I asked the curator if I could drive an NSX during my visit. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough time to prepare one, but they did have this kicking around. So, you’ll have to excuse me.

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Arigato gozaimasu, Honda-san

Thank you to American Honda and Brad Long for opening their doors to TTAC!

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