Hold on to your H-shaped hood ornaments, dear readers. You’re looking at a record breaking, potentially history making, piece of J-tin here. At the Barrett Jackson auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday, the value of this 1972 Honda Z600 Coupe went up to $27,500 when the gavel dropped. But our sources say that a year ago, this was an $8500 car that wasn’t even running properly. How did it more than triple its value in such a short time?
A year ago this very car showed up at the Norm Reeves Honda Show, where we saw it in person. It hailed from a Texas dealership, displayed there as a conversation starter. The Spring Yellow body had managed to elude rust and stay straight, and came with a full dossier of original paperwork. The mechanicals, however, were a different story.
It only had 35,100 actual miles, but no one at the dealership knew how to work on the air-cooled two-cylinder. The new owner brought it to SoCal Honda 600 expert Tim Mings of Merciless Mings and the restoration began.
With the car transformed into a concours-level example, it sold for $19,000 to a gentleman for the express purposes of entering it into Barrett-Jackson. In fact, this professional entered about 25 cars in the auction and did this for a living, which makes his choice of the Honda all the more noteworthy.
When the bidding reached the $20,000 mark the auctioneer announced, “This might be the start of a new trend,” before resuming. The final price of $27,500 is, as far as we know, the most a Z600 has ever sold for. Could this open the floodgates for more nostalgics at upcoming auctions? Suddenly, that pile of J-tin in your driveway just got a little more interesting.