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Small wonder: 50 years of the Honda Civic

Autocar Logo By David Finlay of Autocar | Slide 2 of 30: The original Civic can be fully understood only by looking at what came immediately before it. The Honda 1300, launched in 1969, was the company’s largest car up to that point, and a personal favourite of company founder Soichiro Honda (1906-1991), who insisted that it should have an air-cooled engine.The problem was that it sold very badly. Honda’s engineers realised that something quite different was required, and that they would have to find ways of persuading the boss that they were right.

The predecessor

The original Civic can be fully understood only by looking at what came immediately before it. The Honda 1300, launched in 1969, was the company’s largest car up to that point, and a personal favourite of company founder Soichiro Honda (1906-1991), who insisted that it should have an air-cooled engine.

The problem was that it sold very badly. Honda’s engineers realised that something quite different was required, and that they would have to find ways of persuading the boss that they were right.

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