“When I arrived at the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, I was truly impressed by the amount of work from the other Honda tuners. I’m thrilled, and humbled, that my N600 not only stood out, but was selected as the winner of the first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series,” said Stephen Mines, owner of the winning N600. “As a longtime Honda fan, and owner of more than a few Hondas, it will be an incredible honor to see my car at Honda’s booth at SEMA.”
The custom N600 that won the inaugural Honda Super Tuner Legends Series also boasts a modified Mazda Miata suspension system, seats from a Polaris RZR®, and modified front and rear bumpers from a 1967-68 Chevy® Camaro. Mines’ throwback N600 is fitting as this year American Honda celebrated its 60th anniversary.
The other three finalists for the 2019 Honda Super Tuner Legends Series included a:
After a decade of growth that led to Honda becoming the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in America and the world, Honda began automobile sales in U.S. in 1970 with the Honda N600, with a starting price of $1,300. At just 122 inches in length, the N600 was small enough to fit between the front and rear wheels of some full-size American passenger cars of the time.
The N600 had an all-alloy engine with a 9,000 rpm redline that could propel the N600 to speeds of up to 81 miles per hour. A simple, yet skillfully designed vehicle, the N600 was nimble and fuel-efficient, characteristics it shares with today’s Hondas, helping pave the way for the quality and reliability for which Honda vehicles have become known.
Honda Tuner Vehicles
Honda vehicles are favorites of car enthusiasts and “tuners” – owners who customize their vehicles with third-party parts to personalize the appearance and performance. For many years, Honda has celebrated this relationship at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and at other exhibitions and rallies, honoring those who make Honda vehicles an expression of their unique personality. This commitment includes the creation of Honda Factory Performance accessories that offer vehicle owners the ability to personalize their builds, while enhancing appearance, performance and functionality.
Honda Super Tuner Legends Series
The first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series kicked off in El Segundo, Calif., in May 2019, as an extension of the second annual Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, a national search for a life-size custom car worthy of being immortalized as a Hot Wheels™ toy car. Local Honda enthusiasts entered their custom-tuned Hondas in the hopes of being selected as one of four finalists competing for the “Honda Super Tuner” title and the opportunity to have their vehicle displayed at the SEMA Show – the industry’s premier automotive specialty products trade event – in Las Vegas from November 5-8, 2019.
The Honda Super Tuner Legends Series made select stops along the Legends Tour: El Segundo, Calif. on May 18, Seattle on Aug. 24, Denver on Sept. 14, and Santa Clarita, Calif. on Oct. 19.