Honda C100 motorcycle

Made:
1965 in Japan

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Honda C100 motorcycle, 1965. In 1958 Honda launched the Super Cub or C100 in Japan, introducing a new generation of light motorcycles that offered a level of comfort and performance not found in 50cc mopeds and scooters. By doing this Honda created a new market selling motorcycles to people who would never have considered buying one before. This is an example the basic C100 that was introduced to the UK in 1962. By this stage Honda had already achieved massive success around the world with the C100, selling 167,000 in 1959, more than 50% of Hondas output. In 1963 Honda had become the world’s largest motorcycle manufactures and by 1982 they had sold over 14 million Super Cubs.

Details

Category:
Road Transport
Object Number:
1982-1368
Materials:
aluminium (metal), chromium plated, electronic components, glass, metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), polyester, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), rubber (unidentified) and steel (metal)
type:
motorcycles
taxonomy:
  • transportation vehicles
  • vehicles
  • passenger vehicles
credit:
Ayesthorpe, D.