- Custom-tuned, 1972 Honda N600 powered by Honda VFR 800cc V4 motorcycle engine wins first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series
- Winning vehicle will be on display at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas
- Honda N600 was first Honda model sold in the United States
- Honda joined the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour in 2019 as the exclusive live custom tuner component of the series
Honda today announced that a 1972 Honda N600 owned by Stephen Mines has won the first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series, which joined the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour in 2019 as the exclusive tuner component of the program. Customized over a five-year period, the Honda N600 is powered by a Honda VFR 800cc V4 motorcycle engine in a rear wheel drive configuration, sporting a 12,000 RPM redline and a surprisingly deep and growly engine sound.
“When I arrived at the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, I was truly impressed by the amount of work from the other Honda tuners. I’m thrilled, and humbled, that my N600 not only stood out, but was selected as the winner of the first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series,” said Stephen Mines, owner of the winning N600. “As a longtime Honda fan, and owner of more than a few Hondas, it will be an incredible honor to see my car at Honda’s booth at SEMA.”
The custom N600 that won the inaugural Honda Super Tuner Legends Series also boasts a modified Mazda Miata suspension system, seats from a Polaris RZR®, and modified front and rear bumpers from a 1967-68 Chevy® Camaro. Mines’ throwback N600 is fitting as this year American Honda celebrated its 60th anniversary.
The other three finalists for the 2019 Honda Super Tuner Legends Series included a:
After a decade of growth that led to Honda becoming the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in America and the world, Honda began automobile sales in U.S. in 1970 with the Honda N600, with a starting price of $1,300. At just 122 inches in length, the N600 was small enough to fit between the front and rear wheels of some full-size American passenger cars of the time.
The N600 had an all-alloy engine with a 9,000 rpm redline that could propel the N600 to speeds of up to 81 miles per hour. A simple, yet skillfully designed vehicle, the N600 was nimble and fuel-efficient, characteristics it shares with today’s Hondas, helping pave the way for the quality and reliability for which Honda vehicles have become known.
Honda Tuner Vehicles
Honda vehicles are favorites of car enthusiasts and “tuners” – owners who customize their vehicles with third-party parts to personalize the appearance and performance. For many years, Honda has celebrated this relationship at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and at other exhibitions and rallies, honoring those who make Honda vehicles an expression of their unique personality. This commitment includes the creation of Honda Factory Performance accessories that offer vehicle owners the ability to personalize their builds, while enhancing appearance, performance and functionality.
Honda Super Tuner Legends Series
The first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series kicked off in El Segundo, Calif., in May 2019, as an extension of the second annual Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, a national search for a life-size custom car worthy of being immortalized as a Hot Wheels™ toy car. Local Honda enthusiasts entered their custom-tuned Hondas in the hopes of being selected as one of four finalists competing for the “Honda Super Tuner” title and the opportunity to have their vehicle displayed at the SEMA Show – the industry’s premier automotive specialty products trade event – in Las Vegas from November 5-8, 2019.
The Honda Super Tuner Legends Series made select stops along the Legends Tour: El Segundo, Calif. on May 18, Seattle on Aug. 24, Denver on Sept. 14, and Santa Clarita, Calif. on Oct. 19.
Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour
The first-ever Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour was held in 2018 to commemorate the toy car’s 50th anniversary and drew in more than 3,600 cars and 65,000 fans. Hot Wheels™ aficionados from across the country entered their life-size custom cars in the hope of it being the winning vehicle chosen to be made into a Hot Wheels™ toy car. This year, Hot Wheels™ expanded the Legends Tour to include more than 18 stops throughout the country at Walmart stores in cities with deep-rooted ties to car culture. Full details on the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour can be found at: https://hotwheels.mattel.com/explore/HW_50th/en/legends-tour.
Honda and Hot Wheels™
For nearly two decades, Honda and Hot Wheels™ have partnered to design dozens of Honda Hot Wheels™ toy cars, including 20 currently in production. In 2018, Hot Wheels™ released a series of eight iconic 1:64 scaled die-cast Honda Hot Wheels™ toys, including the Honda CR-X, ’90 Honda Civic EF, Honda Civic Coupe, Honda Civic Si, Honda Monkey Z50, Honda Racer 5, Honda S2000 and Honda Odyssey.
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Honda marked its 60th anniversary in America in June 2019, and 40 years of production in America in Sept. 2019. Honda established its first U.S. business operation in Los Angeles in 1959. Today, Honda employs more than 31,000 associates in the development, manufacturing, sales and servicing of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment and powersports products, the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
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