Here’s a rare Honda mistake, as in, they should have offered these from the factory! This 1972 Honda AZ600 Pickup is obviously a custom since the factory didn’t make pickups, at least in the A/N-Series. This cool l’il hauler is on eBay with a current bid price of just over $1,000 and there is no reserve! There are still five days left to get your head wrapped around the thought of owning this thing and what you’d use it for. This rockin’ pickup is in Rockford, Illinois.
That’s more stuff and more weight in the back than I would have thought would be possible, or wise, to put back there. I’ve seen a custom pickup based on the AN600 sedan, but not on the AZ600 coupe. Even if you don’t like these little Hondas, you have to admit that this is pretty cool. Or, at least pretty unique. It’s like a tiny Ford Unibody, but not really. This vehicle is just my size, it’s just over 10-feet long. I like small to really-small vehicles, they’re so much easier to hoard. I mean, to store.
The A600 coupe and the N600 sedan were officially known as the AZ600 or AN600 in the US, but the “A” is usually dropped, for some reason. Just to confuse things, these cars were also known as the Honda Z and they came with either a 360 CC engine or a 600 CC engine, from a Honda motorcycle, of course. The US only got the Z/Z600/AZ600 starting in 1970 until the end of 1972 because Honda was introducing the Civic in 1973. This Z has a few dings and dents, and a little rust, and some of the details aren’t as well designed as if they would have come from Honda. But, this would sure be a fun little vehicle to own.
The dash isn’t cracked and the seats and door panels look good! I don’t mean to sound so excited but so often they’re cracked and torn on these cars. I would want to track down some headrests in place of the “glass” headrests that are there now. Something to consider with this one, it comes with a bill of sale only, there is no title. One good thing, these Hondas came with power front disc brakes! But, one bad thing is that they need work.
Here’s the 598 CC two-cylinder, air-cooled Honda engine with just under 37 hp. This one was running a year ago when it was put into storage. I can’t say much about that because I’ve done the same thing myself with vehicles, put them into storage and then let time get away from me and there they sit. Ugh, no excuse. But, hopefully this one isn’t beyond repair as parts are somewhat limited for these cars. Here’s what it should look like. But, another good thing is that car has a lot of parts that go with it!
And, there they are. That’s quite a collection of spare parts. There is no mention of a tailgate for this custom Honda AZ600 pickup so you’ll have to fabricate something. There’s a story that exists that sometime in the 1970s, a company built around 50 Honda pickups and, as you can tell from the nicely-finished work, it could be a true story. This wasn’t one of them as I think they were based on the AN (or, N) 600 sedan and the one for sale here has more of a homemade look to it. I still love it, factory, conversion company, or homemade. I would haul my Motocompo around in the back of this after getting it running, getting the brakes figured out, and coming up with some sort of tailgate. Oh yeah, and then there’s that missing title. Hmm.. maybe I’ll haul this around in the back of a full-sized pickup with my Motocompo in the back of it. Would you have a use for a small pickup like this?