It's hard to believe, but it's been 50 years since Americans first saw a Honda on these shores. Way back in 1959, Honda opened its first storefront office in Los Angeles with just six employees, and started selling the Honda 50 motorbike. Skip forward to 2009 and American Honda now employs more than 25,000 workers directly, and some 100,000 indirectly at authorized Honda automobile, motorcycle and power-equipment dealerships throughout the United States. That doesn't even take into account the tens of thousands employed by nearly 600 U.S. Honda parts suppliers.
To help celebrate their golden anniversary stateside, the company had a small car and bike show at their U.S. HQ in Torrance, California. We dropped in for a bit and took a bunch of photos. Although there were far more bikes than cars, it was a still a fun outing. On the car side there were a smattering of S2000s, a couple of first-gen Insights, an NSX, a couple of early CRXes, a bunch of Civics, and even a few show cars. Our favorites had to be the Side-by-Side formula car and the 600 coupe right next to it.
On the bike side there was everything from a Trail 70 to the 2004 NAS concept. The little ZB50 even displayed a speeding ticket showing it clocked at 60 mph! Our favorites were the turbocharged CBR1000XX Blackbird and the 1970 Daytona-winning CR750. We've amassed a huge gallery and pasted in the press release after the jump. Click away and enjoy 50 years of American Honda.