I was at the Honda dealer back a couple of months ago to do my yearly servicing. It took longer than I expected, and I ended up waiting for about 2 hours. I was productive, however. I was able to write a few articles for my monthly newsletter, and take some pictures around the dealership. Luckily, I brought my Canon G1X Mark II with me. It was my newest camera (vintage 2014) that I was testing.
As the name First Texas Honda might suggest, this dealership has been around for a while. On display, they had the first Honda automobile that was sold in the U.S. A 1970 model N600 that was sold starting in 1969. That base model sold for $1,395 and had up to 45 horsepower. That’s about $9,500 in 2020 dollars.
I find it remarkable that a company selling such a modest car 50 years ago has grown to such a respected brand in America and around the world. I marveled at how small it is, and honestly a death trap by today’s standards. But everything has to start somewhere. It goes to show how much progress can be attained with continuous improvement.
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how fascinating it would be to see a dealership from 50 years ago. This is probably the next best thing, short of going to an actual car museum or time-traveling into the past.
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