Journal: Zero to Sixty in 32.6 Seconds

Zero to Sixty in 32.6 Seconds

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
July 1, 2014

No, the zero-to-sixty time isn’t remarkable nowadays, but it wasn’t back then either. And frankly, you were probably better off using a calendar to measure this little Honda’s acceleration than a stop-watch. But it was fun, didn’t cost a fortune, and helped introduce much of the world to Hondas as cars. Named for its two-cylinder, 600cc motor, the Honda Z600 was only exported for three years. But it was produced for five and in Japan (and some other Pacific markets, such as Australia), could also be had with a 360cc engine, following Kei car regulations. It was marketed as the sport coupé version of the N600 (or 360), both of which were sold at motorcycle dealerships (in the US) until the Civic replaced it in 1973 at stand-alone Honda automotive dealerships.

The following images are from the brochure and feature a happy, young vibe. The bright, fully saturated colors don’t hurt either, portraying the vehicle as a fun, urban plaything. Some of the cooler features include seats that fold almost flat, several trim levels, a modern interior, and of course, the ability to enchant an entire sidewalk café.

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It has personality…

I had one. At 17 I had a mint Z600 in orange. I thought I had a mini Datsun 240 Z. Slow…..well not so slow for the type. With a non synchro gearbox it was fun. And what I discovered is that you could rev her right into the red, then on past the red and she would still be producing good power. Zero engine issues, Revved beyond the red every day. Way quicker than an 850 mini and a better top speed as long as you ignored that red line. Great great fun. Sadly they rusted from new, mine… Read more »
Bertram Wooster
Bertram Wooster

Pop had one of these when I was a kid– what a cool car!

One night, however, he went to back it up a steep driveway, revved it up, dropped the clutch and BANG! he rolled back down the drive with no reverse. With help, he got it turned around and was able to drive it to the local Honda shop (a motorcycle dealership) where they said “no problem, wait right here.” Pop had visions of them tipping the car over and pulling the whole engine out, but reverse was just an external idler gear they replaced in minutes.

Ronnie M
Ronnie M

What a great looking little car. It sounds like an ideal candidate for an electric motor transplant.