If you've ever owned and classic vehicle, you know that keeping one on the road requires a number of untold sacrifices. Of time, of money, and of parts cars.

What about operating a shop that caters only to one specific vintage model? Ask Tim Mings. As a devotee to the Honda N600 and the world's only full-time N600 mechanic, he's owned over 300 of the little hatchbacks and bought out a slew of new old stock inventory to keep as many of the cars on the road as possible. Currently, his collection include the very first Honda N600 sold on American shores: serial No. 1.

Mings says that if you own or have owned an N600 in the greater Los Angeles area, there's a good chance he either has worked on it or will work on it in the near future. We admire his devotion. Check out the quick clip of Mings' exploits below.


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      mr ortiz
      • 2 Years Ago
      there's an episode of ( C.H.I.P.S. for those of you who remember this tv), show,where they go in persuit of a N600,and when the car finally pull over,a 7ft ,400 pound man gets out of the car .very funny!
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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      And no one loves Tim Mings more than the Honda N600... poor, lonely, Tim.
      ishmaelcrowley
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Honda 600. Now that was a great car. 2 cylinder 600cc. If everyone drove one of those in the 70's there would never have been a gas crisis.
        Ben Dover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ishmaelcrowley
        If everyone drove one of those in the 70s, then there would never have been an overpopulation crisis either, since nobody would have gotten laid.
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          @Ben Dover
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      Andyz
      • 2 Years Ago
      My first car was a N360, yes folks 2 cylinder and all 360cc (same body as N600), this car was just amazing for its size. Makes you wonder about the huge V8's V10's, and 500+hp
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andyz
        Pretty sure there's a difference in performance between a 2-cylinder 360cc engine and a V8 or V10 performance car.
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          @RodRAEG
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      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great to see Tim's passion for these little cars and brovo for keeping them alive for the next generation.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the car Honda should be building today. Yes, it would have to be a bit bigger to pass crash tests, heavier because of airbags etc, but Honda should go back to their roots and build the lightest possible car, with the best possible economy, at the best possible price point. Anything else, just isn't worthy of the Honda name.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      kingrat001
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember opening the hood on one of these to do a smog test and being shocked to see the 2cyl engine in it. I had to laugh, what a gutless car, even in it's day. The owner left it for us to do and came back later, so I had a chance to "test drive" it after it barely passed the test. I didn't feel safe in it at all. Funny how the oddballs and awesome cars stay in your memory 35 years later. This is definitely the head of the oddball bunch.
        reattadudes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kingrat001
        I think the 2 stroke Subaru 360 needs to be in there somewhere, too. when is the last time you had to mix gas and oil in YOUR car?
          kingrat001
          • 2 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          Never saw one of those. I had no idea it existed. I'll have to check into it and see what I can find online about it. It would almost have to be top of the weirdo list.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tim is such a passionate guy, I have always been a big fan of his work. I'm taking my S600 to his shop for continued maintenance in the future as he and his family seem to have the best knowledge of the earliest Hondas on the West Coast.
      Matthew Dawson
      • 2 Years Ago
      There was one of these (the slightly curvier Z600) near my house, and I desperately wanted to buy it and restore it. Though, it was is pretty bad shape with a fair bit of rust on it. But I still love the idea of having one. Also, I hope they still make this: http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/30/tokyo-preview-honda-ev-n-concept-is-retro-adorable-has-unicycl/
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        @Matthew Dawson
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      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tim is such a passionate guy, I have always been a big fan of his work. I'm taking my S600 to his shop for continued maintenance in the future as he and his family seem to have the best knowledge of the earliest Hondas on the West Coast.
      kmckenzie
      • 2 Years Ago
      This made me smile. I had an N600 in college and absolutely loved it. I was heartbroken when it quit running. I always had plans to try to get it going again but that never happened. So good to see someone committed to keeping these fun little cars on the road. Great Job Tim!
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