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Honda S600 coupe - Why this was the '60s godfather of Vtec and Type R
Here's another video from Jonny Smith's Late Brake Project Car's playlist, which Haynes is proud to sponsor.
Jonny's right-hand-drive Honda S600 is thought to be one of only two S600 coupes in the UK. In this episode you can watch and hear it max out on the rolling road dyno, then get driven on British roads for the very first time.
The S600 started life in 1964 and was the last vehicle Mr Soichiro Honda signed off personally. Soichiro was obsessed with motorbike racing, and set Honda on its mission to dominate the likes of Isle of Man TT road racing, as well as world circuits. This motorcycle racing engineering would be translated into the build of the early Honda sports car series; double overhead cams, four carbs – one for each cylinder, aluminium finned brakes, aluminium engine with needle roller crank bearings and complex independent chain drive rear axle. The S800 replaced the S600 in 1966/67 and the chain rear axle set-up was switched to a more conventional live axle.
1964 S600 factory engine spec:
- 606cc inline four cylinder, four carburettor, watercooled, 45-degree, DOHC, needle roller bearing crank
- Aluminium finned drum hydraulic brakes
- Rack and pinion steering
- Suspension: front torsion bar and wishbone, aluminium independent chain drive rear axle
- Power: 57PS @ 8,500rpm
- Torque: 37.6lbft @ 5,500rpm
- Speed: 90mph (145km/h)
- Dimensions Length: 3300mm Wheelbase: 2000mm Width: 1400mm Kerb weight (wet): 720kg
1984 Fila Edition Ford Thunderbird
The Car Wizard and his workshop have featured here before. The 1980s might not have been the best decade for cars, but this 1984 T-bird is something special. Not because it's a Fila Edition Thunderbird (although it's a rare thing) but because it's in really good condition for its age.
As usual, the Wizard takes us on a tour, peering under the bonnet at the 5.0-litre V8 putting out a 'mighty' 140hp, before taking us inside via the keycode button entry on the driver's door and the puts it up on the ramp for a look at the underside.
Ducati Desmosedici RR Re-build Project
This is a road-going replica of a GP bike that Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau rode in the 2006 Moto GP season. It's dripping with factory bling – everything from forged magnesium Marchesini wheels to the Ohlins gas cartridge forks (both firsts for a production road-going machine), all the way through to every single piece that's bolted to this bike made from carbonfibre… it just screams Moto GP for the road.
This is the first video in Bike World's playlist to recommission the bike, which has spent eight of its 10 years parked up, and nothing is known about the condition of the internals.