A 1972 Honda N600 owned has won the first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series in the United States.

The is powered by a Honda VFR 800cc V4 motorcycle engine with drive to the rear wheels.

It redlines at 12,000 rpm and we’re told has a surprisingly deep and “growly: engine sound.

The car is owned by Stephen Mines and was customised over a five-year period.

“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,” Mines said.

After a decade of growth that saw Honda becoming the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in America and the world, Honda began automobile sales in US in 1970 with the Honda N600.

In Australia and New Zealand, it was called the Honda Scamp.

Priced from $1300, it was just 122 inches in length and 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 9000 rpm redline that could propel the N600 to speeds of up to 81 miles per hour.

A simple, yet skillfully designed vehicle, it was nimble and fuel-efficient, characteristics it shares with today’s Hondas.

The winning custom N600 also boasts a modified Mazda MX-5 suspension, seats from a Polaris RZR, and modified front and rear bumpers from a 1967-68 Chevy Camaro.

“As a longtime Honda fan, and owner of more than a few Hondas, it will be an incredible honour to see my car at Honda’s booth at SEMA,” Mines said.The first-ever Hot Wheels Legends Tour was held in 2018 to commemorate the toy car’s 50th anniversary and drew in more than 3600 cars and 65,000 fans.

The 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 immortalised as a Hot Wheels™ toy car.

For nearly two decades, Honda and Hot Wheels have partnered to design dozens of Honda Hot Wheels toy cars, including 20 currently in production. In 2018, Hot Wheels released a series of eight iconic 1:64 scaled die-cast Honda Hot Wheels toys, including the Honda CR-X, ’90 Honda Civic EF, Honda Civic Coupe, Honda Civic Si, Honda Monkey Z50, Honda Racer 5, Honda S2000 and Honda Odyssey.

The other three finalists for the 2019 Honda Super Tuner Legends Series included a:

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.