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1969 Honda 600 was the first Honda sold in the U.S.

1969 Honda 600 was the first Honda sold in the U.S.

Did you know that the first Honda car sold in the U.S. actually had a 2 cylinder 600cc air cooled motorcycle type engine?  It was first introduced in the U.S. in 1969 as a 1970 model and had a top speed of 80 mph, but only got 31.6 mpg.  The original MSRP was $1,395.00 and if you happen to see one today, you’ll likely see it in a museum as they are very rare.  TJ Reilly (owner of Same Day Auto Service) used to work on these cars in the early 80’s when he was a Honda dealership technician in Southern California.  When he moved to Oregon in 1983 he worked on Honda cars in N.E. Portland at a small independent Honda repair facility.  In 1988 he opened his own shop in Clackamas, and his staff now services and repairs all Asian / Japanese vehicles as well as Domestic vehicles