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

American Honda 60th Anniversary Chevy Delivery Truck

The history of American Honda Motor Co. is long and built upon the backs of American pickup trucks.

Honda purchased a small fleet of 1961 Chevy half-tons to deliver is motorcycles to dealers across Southern California when the brand first started in the US. It was these truck that helped Honda gain a foothold in the US motorcycle market, and by 1965, Honda was the best-selling motorcycle brand in America.

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To celebrate American Honda’s 60th anniversary, Honda tracked down a 1961 Chevy half-ton and restored it to match it’s delivery trucks of the past, including the factory-correct white paint and hand-painted graphics. The truck is sitting in the lobby of American Honda’s Torrance, Calif. headquarters and will also be on display at the 2019 SEMA Show.

The truck itself has a 238 cubic inch V8 under the hood making 160 hp paired to a three-speed manual. In the bed you’ll find a 1965 Honda 50 next to a Honda CB160.

American Honda 60th Anniversary Chevy Delivery Truck

Eventually this Chevy will find itself in the American Honda Collection Hall in Torrance, where it will be staged in front of a replica of the original LA Honda office, just like in the iconic photo you see below.

Original Chevy Delivery Truck in Front of First American Honda Office