"LittleHonda" by The Beach Boys

Our 1972 Honda 600 Coupe

(A.K.A the Honda AZ600,  Honda Z, and the  Z Coupe)


This car is a survivor! We bought it from the original owners, Paul and Mary, who took amazing care of this automobile



Spending its entire life garaged in New Mexico, this car is completely rust free!

I love the design of the doorhandles, and the way the radio antenna disappears into the
"A" pillar. I also like the rear window works like a hatchback. No other car, except for the AMC Gremlin,
had a hatchback.
I thought these cars were so modern when I first looked at this car back in 1971.

Parting was difficult after 44 years...



Seems to be enough room on the trailer.
The driver said 3 differnt people asked to buy the Honda as he brought it accross
 New Mexico.


These cars were mainly distributed through Honda motorcycle dealers. It was Honda second venture into the American car market. The first started in January 1969 with the N600, the exact same platform but a more squared off, conventional sedan. They brought out the sportier 600 Coupe, in April 1971 and imported both models  through August 1972. In 1973 the 4 cylinder, water cooled Honda Civic was introduced to the American public

...the rest is history.

We lucked out on the license plate.



This car has been repainted once, and the seat panels have been replaced, everything else is original.



Like the rest of the car, the interior is near perfect condition.
You've heard of three on the tree, and four on the floor, well this is a four on the dash.




No need to coax your date across the bench seat, your shoulder to shoulder in this car.
And because the shifter is coming out of the dash, there's nothing between you.



Powered by a 598cc, two cylinder Single overhead cam, forced air cooled engine that delivers
36 horse power and 31 foot pounds of pavement pounding torque through a 4speed
synchromesh transmission, and 10 inch tires.




This is a tiny car! Only 10'3" long, 51" wide and 50.4" high, it was the last of the micro-cars.


Surprisingly, this car needed little work. The steering had 4 to5 inches of play, but a new set of pinion
bushings and a re-pack of the steering box took care of that.
 The rear wheel cylinders were leaking, so they needed replacing. The main problem with these
 little cars is there isn't much of a parts network. But fortunately, someone is manufacturing new
 wheel cylinders that only took a little modifying. New brake lines were needed in the rear of the
 car because the new wheel cylinders use a different size fitting. So, I
now know how to do
double flares.
 The rear side marker lights and the license plate lights were not working ,so  I replaced the bulbs,
which sounds a lot easier than it is, with no results. Janice  tracked down two broken wires that proved
to be the culprits.
The brake booster/servo needed a good cleaning, and a new set of almost impossible to find
 10 inch tires makes this cutie pie drive like 1972.
I hesitantly replaced the seatbelts, because the old seatbelts were a little brittle and outdated. I installed a modern three point system. The original seatbelt warning light and buzzer system still worked on this car!
I thought everyone disconnected this system about five minutes after they bought their cars.
Some other cosmetic work, such as replacing the dome light cover, polishing up some of the chrome, using a clay bar to make the paint smooth as glass, and a good hand rub wax job, has this car up in beautiful condition.

I ordered new roof stripes, from Civic Garage in New South Wales, Australia. I literally have to
go all over the world for parts for this car.
I laid the strips on the driveway, and let the hot desert sun soften them before I install the strips
in the channels.