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ClassicsHonda restores an important part of its history: a 1961 Chevy Apache

02:00  21 june  2019
02:00  21 june  2019 Source:   autoblog.com

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1961 Chevy Apache 10 pickup truck restored by Honda to look like the ones used to deliver its motorcycles to dealers in the early 1960s. Why would Honda restore a Chevy pickup?

Honda just restored a 1961 Chevy truck perfectly. 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.

Honda restores an important part of its history: a 1961 Chevy Apache
Honda restores an important part of its history: a 1961 Chevy Apache
Honda restores an important part of its history: a 1961 Chevy Apache
Honda restores an important part of its history: a 1961 Chevy Apache
Honda restores an important part of its history: a 1961 Chevy Apache
Honda restores an important part of its history: a 1961 Chevy Apache
Honda restores an important part of its history: a 1961 Chevy Apache
Honda restores an important part of its history: a 1961 Chevy Apache

Though they may be rivals in the car market and on race tracks today, there was a time when Honda leaned on Chevrolet for help getting started in the U.S. market in 1959, using a fleet of Chevy Apache pickup trucks to deliver motorcycles to dealers. After all, its not like Honda had the Ridgeline, let alone any passenger cars, back then to tote its bikes.

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This Chevy is an important part of its history . Now, having tapped its archives, and the memories of retired employees, American Honda managed to find an original 1961 Apache , and restored it to perfection for its 60th anniversary.

As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, American Honda Motor Co. has restored a 1961 Chevrolet Apache 10 pickup truck. Chevy Apache replicates an example of a small fleet used to haul motorcycles to Southern California dealerships. Period photo showing a Chevy pickup in from tof the

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Honda's American motorcycle sales, the company fully restored a 1961 Chevy Apache 10. It's not one of the original delivery trucks, but it has been given an accurate and hand-painted livery down to Honda's original American home office address. Powering the truck is a 283-cubic inch V8 with a three-speed manual transmission.

Honda restores an important part of its history: a 1961 Chevy Apache© Honda 1961 Chevy Apache 10 pickup truck restored to look like the ones used by American Honda in the early 1960s.

Not to give Chevy all of the spotlight, the truck carries a pair of Honda motorcycles. The smaller of the two is a 1965 Honda 50 Super Cub, which came with a 49-cc single-cylinder engine and 3-speed semi-automatic transmission. The larger one is a 1965 Honda CB160 that used a 161-cc 2-cylinder engine with a 4-speed manual transmission. These motorcycles, along with storage box in the back, make this truck nearly identical to the one seen in the archival photo above.

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Why would Honda restore a Chevy pickup?Continue reading Honda restores an important part of its history : a 1961 Chevy Apache . history : a 1961 Chevy Apache originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:03:00 EDT.

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The finished Chevy pickup and Honda bikes will go on a nationwide tour this year. Exact locations and dates haven't been released except for an appearance at the SEMA show this fall. After that, it will go to Honda's collection in Torrance, Calif., and displayed in front of a replica of its original 1959 office.

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