The Honda A-Type, Honda’s First Product on the Market (1947)

In November 1947, the Honda A-Type entered production and was immediately put on sale. The earlier, modified engines used a tubular fuel tank that had been nicknamed the “tea canister,” but the A-Type had a cast aluminum fuel tank with a teardrop shape instead. Read more ...

If We Have to Meet Hardships Anyway
The initial A-Type auxiliary bicycle engine now preserved in the HCH originally had an aluminum fuel tank that was made by sand casting in two parts, upper and lower. In order to prevent fuel leaks through pinholes that often resulted from this casting technique, the tanks are said to have been given a coating of Japanese lacquer. The brand mark from Hondas founding period, which shows a “nude figure racing across the heavens,” is still faintly discernible.
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