September 24, 1948 – Honda is incorporated

In 1937 Soichiro Honda founded a company to produce piston rings for Toyota, but during WWII one of his factories was bombed and the other collapsed in an earthquake in 1945. He sold off salvageable parts and machinery to Toyota and used the funds to start the Honda Technical Research Institute in 1946. This led to the development of a motorized bicycle, which was moved by Honda’s first mass produced engine. This led to the incorporation of Honda Motor Company on this day in 1948. Honda would achieve international fame with the production of its C100 Super Cub motorcycle in the 1960s, as it became the world’s best selling vehicle. The following decade, in 1973, the introduction of the Civic would secure Honda’s place in the automotive industry, as the vehicle achieved rapid success. The Civic was an affordable, eco-friendly vehicle that appealed to the masses all over the world. Honda was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1989 and passed away two years later at the age of 84. Honda continues to be one of the world’s best selling car brands. Pics:1976 Honda Civic 5-door hatchbackSoichiro Honda

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