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1962 Honda C100 (Cub) Chrome Promotional : IF YOU ARE AN EBAY MEMBER LOOKING FOR YOUTUBE VIDEO OF CHROME HONDA CLICK THIS LINK; http://www.youtube.com/feed/?feature=guide

UPDATE: MY LITTLE CHROME HONDA 50 WON 3RD PLACE JAPANESE DIVISION AT DEL MAR CONCOUR d' ELEGANCE "CELEBRATION OF THE MOTORCYCLE 2012" IN OCTOBER. 

This is a very special Honda and my third restoration. The Honda C100 chrome promotional was a sales device used by Honda beginning in 1962 to spur sales of their model C100, also known as the Honda Cub. Honda began importing motorcycles to America in 1959, and the Cub was their opening salvo. You dinosaurs out there may remember their accompanying sales campaign, "You meet the nicest people on a Honda." From this humble beginning Honda went on to beccme one of the world's most successful industrial empires.

There is a lot of myth and lore surrounding the Chrome Promotional which was made from 1962 to 1965, and also included the C105 Trail 55, and the C200 Trail 90. Over  that span of time between four and five thousand were made. Honda America is still making the Cub with over sixty million made to date. I'm note sure how many Chrome Promotionals still exist, I'm sure it's just a hand full. I know of three others. One in the Honda Museum in Japan, one in the Bob Louge Motorcycle Museum in Pennsylvania, and one by a private party in Santa Barbara. 

As you can see, I have included some "before" shots of the bike. When I was tearing it down I discovered a sticker behind the license plate that told me who the dealer was that originally sold it some 50 years ago. That dealer, who was one of the first Honda dealerships in America, was Bill Robertson and Sons Honda in North Hollywood. I was surprised to discover that they are still in business today.

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