Honda Celebrates 60 Years In America By Restoring … A Chevy Pickup

Honda restored a classic Chevrolet pickup to celebrate its 60th Anniversary in the USA

Honda restored a classic Chevrolet pickup to celebrate its 60th Anniversary in the USA

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Though they may be rivals in the auto market and on race tracks today, there was a time when Honda leaned on Chevrolet for help getting started in the USA market in 1959, using a fleet of Chevy Apache pickup trucks to deliver motorcycles to dealers.

One of these trucks was pictured in an "iconic" photo taken in front of the company's original office.

As part of the automaker's celebration of the 60th anniversary of its USA operations, it has restored a 1961 Chevy Apache 10 pickup to replicate the trucks it used in its early years to deliver motorcycles around Southern California.

Restored 1961 Chevrolet Apache pickup faithfully recalls the fleet of similar Apaches that American Honda used as delivery vehicles in the company's early days. By 1965, Honda was the best-selling motorcycle brand in America with amarket share of nearly 72 percent.

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To ready the special truck for its debut at AHM's 60th anniversary celebration on June 11, it was given a mild mechanical freshening plus new factory-correct white paint and hand-painted graphics like the originals.

Back in the day, the trucks were driven by Honda salesmen who traveled around to dealers, delivering motorcycles sold on consignment.

In addition to its SEMA plans for 2019, Honda wants to show the truck off at a number of automotive enthusiast events in Southern California and the truck's permanent home will be the Honda Collection in Torrance, California, where it'll be parked in front of a replica facade of the original American Honda HQ.

Of course the story wouldn't be complete without a few Hondas of the two-wheeled variety along for the ride, and in the bed reside a 1965 Honda 50-known as the Super Cub outside the USA -and a 1965 Honda CB160. The first big success among the Honda motorcycles sold in the USA, the "Nifty Thrifty Honda 50" as it was advertised, put Honda on the map in America in the early 1960s-and around the world for that matter. This 1965 model runs and rides perfectly and is ready for another 60 years of enjoyment. The larger one is a 1965 Honda CB160 that used a 161-cc 2-cylinder engine with a 4-speed manual transmission. Ideal for young riders moving up into a larger bike, the CB160 was a big hit for Honda thanks in part to its comparatively lightweight design and eye-opening reliability.

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