Thursday, January 21, 2010

1972 Honda AZ 600

I'm a sucker for strays. Every pet I have ever owned was once a stray. It was a dog or cat that someone didn't want. Many of the cars I've owned were strays, too. I pulled my Sunbeam Alpine, one of my Peugeot 505s, a Renault R10 and an MG Midget out of junkyards. Other cars I bought just before the owner sent it to the junkyard. Like the dogs and cats, all it took was a little time and TLC and they became fun, loyal companions.

This was once a stray Honda AZ 600. The owner writes that he rescued it from a junkyard. Using the word "rescue" was enough to get me to write about it.

Back in February, I wrote about another AZ 600. You can find the post here. I have a little stat counter on this site that tells me what posts get the most "hits". The Honda AZ 600 post is in the Top 10. There is a lot of interest in these cars nowadays.

The amount of work the seller put into this car is amazing. Except for some period correct aftermarket wheels and a "Paddy Hopkirk" steering wheel (I've never seen one before, but it looks great), this car was restored to its original condition.

The AZ 600 is a piece of Honda history. Built between 1970 and 1972, it was the last Honda automobile to be sold at US Honda motorcycle dealerships. In 1972 Honda started setting up stand alone car dealerships and introduced the Civic. The rest, as they say, is history.

Located in Lakewood, CA, click here to see the eBay listing for this car.

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