Leno drives a Honda S600 that could murder your Miata
The 1964 Honda S600 was an engineering tour de force, a teensy-weensy roadster with a high-revving, motorcycle-inspired engine and chain drive. It was completely alien on 1960s roads, especially when you consider the broad, big-inch bruisers that largely dominated U.S. highways at the time.
And although traditionalists might see Matt Brown’s S600 as a bastardization of a rare and unique machine, it stays true to the original vehicle’s intent—while blasting away from 1960s tech on a wave of screaming sportbike sound. Because in lieu of the 600-cc engine originally fitted to this little roadster, Brown has shoehorned a 1000-cc four-cylinder from a 2007 Honda CBR1000RR under the hood. Well, mostly under the hood.
It’s a combination that caught the eye of none other than Jay Leno—a ratty, survivor-spec body draped over completely reworked mechanicals. And just wait until you see what that modern infusion of streetbike speed does to Leno’s face when he hops behind the wheel.
This story originally appeared on roadandtrack.com.