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July 21, 2016

Frank Ancona Follows Along as Serial One Restoration Revitalizes Historic N600

Tim Mings, the mechanic famous for his knowledge of classic Honda vehicles, continues to work hard on restoring the classic Serial One. Honda has announced that Mings has nearly completed restoring the engine of the vehicle. According to Digital Trends, the car being restored is the first Honda vehicle sold in the United States and is one of 50 N600s imported to the U.S. during the car’s first year on the market. The most recent video shows Mings attempting to remove the flywheel of the car. Interestingly enough, he doesn’t have the right type of tool on hand due to the fact that the flywheel used in the first 50 models were different then the later production models.

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On the Honda Serial One website, Honda provides additional information and explains the history of the car. According to Honda, most cars had high emissions in 1969 and were not even close to being fuel-efficient. The N600 fought to change this perception as it was nearly 3 feet shorter than most cars on the road in America and weighed nearly half of what the best-selling car at the time did. As Mings states in a video located on The News Wheel, “It’s interesting to see when Honda changed things. They always changed it for a reason. They always made it better, that’s just what they do.”

 

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Frank Ancona shares Tim’s sentiments about Honda, “We love the history of the cars which is why we have an extensive collection of Historic Honda projects. We enjoy reminiscing on  our history as we look forward to the future with new vehicles.” If you would like to see our collection or test drive one of our new vehicles, please stop by our dealership and we would be happy to help you.

 

 

March 16, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda’s Vintage Collection Featured on Edmunds.com

Back in January, Frank Ancona Honda featured its vintage collection of cars, bikes, scooters and generators that go way back in the Ancona family history. The piece fascinated Honda aficionados and this month the collection was featured on Edmunds.com. A big thank you to Edmunds for writing about us!

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Rene Wisely, the correspondent from Edmunds who wrote about the collection at Frank Ancona Honda, was impressed with the dealership’s interest in the depth of Honda production history. In the article, Wisely commented, “A dealership that knows how to mine its rich history strikes an appreciative chord with consumers.”

The Edmunds feature goes more in-depth about what spurred this spark about the Honda collection. When Michael Ancona, the second generation owner of the dealership, traveled to Japan with many other second and third generation owners, he learned a great deal about the history and unique Honda culture.

The trip reminded Ancona of the family treasures in storage and wanted to bring them out for everyone to admire. He is continuing to look for more vintage Honda pieces to put on display at the dealership.

The pieces of the collection include a 1971 Honda 600 Coupe, 1975 Honda MR50 Elsinore, 1986 Honda Spree, 1983 Honda Express, Honda Kick-N-Go 2 and 1963 Honda Generators. These were either collected over the years by members of the Ancona family or won by Frank Ancona for excellent sales and customer service after opening the dealership.