GALLERIES: Honda Heritage Center opens in Ohio

1988 Honda Accord Coupe

Honda has opened a new Heritage Center at its plants and R&D center in Marysville, Ohio. Take note, this is a different collection of Honda vehicles than the American Honda Collection we recently toured in Torrance, California. This one showcases the whole of Honda technology, from a Super Cub to ASIMO to the Honda Jet, and will be open to the public.

Honda Heritage Center Exterior

The Heritage Center is part of a new $35 million, 160,000-square-foot facility that also includes a technical development center and offices. Honda mentioned to us that this facility was underway when we were at the Torrance warehouse, and we asked whether the collections would be merged. A Honda representative said that there were no plans to do so.

The N600 was the first automobile sold in America

With two separate collections, there are some notable overlaps. Ohio has a Honda N600 too, which is to be expected, but in red instead of the Torrance car’s Astral Blue. By sheer coincidence, on the other hand, the second-gen Accord in both collections is a Regency Red 1983 sedan.

1974 Honda Civic

As perhaps the most pivotal model in Honda history, it was no surprise to see another first-gen Civic represented, a 1974 model in Orange to complement the Caroline Yellow 1975 CVCC in California.

Even better, the Ohio collection begins to fill in some of the Torrance collection’s gaps. Note the presence of a 1988 Accord Coupe in the lead photo. In California, a champagne four-door represented the third-gen family hauler, but the most noteworthy fact about this model was that the coupe was US-built and shipped back to Japan for sale. We were struck by its absence in Torrance, but are glad to see that not only is there one in Ohio, but that it’s the first ever production Accord Coupe.

Honda Racing

In addition, the Honda Heritage Center will have areas dedicated to motorsports, power equipment, motorcycles, robotics, and even the new Honda Jet. The museum will open its doors to the public in January.

Photos courtesy Honda.

 

 

 

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7 Responses to GALLERIES: Honda Heritage Center opens in Ohio

  1. Mark said:

    Looking forward to visiting this collection on my next trip to Ohio. It’s too bad the California facility is not open to the public.

  2. JHMAB2 said:

    Well damn, looks like I’m buying a ticket to Ohio. Never thought that would happen.

  3. Anna said:

    We are flying out this spring!!!!! Never thought I’d ever say I’m going to Ohio but a Honda museum is so worth it! Will the rest be open for a tour?
    Now we will have to find something else to do in Ohio:)

  4. MikeRL411 said:

    Does the “98 Accord Coupe have the American Eagle center steering wheel emblem? Most Japanese drivers wanted more that a left hand steering wheel to justify the expense, so American Honda put an American Eagle in place of the “H” pad on the steering column on the export to Japan cars.

  5. John Metcalf said:

    If you’re in the Columbus area and are a motorcycle fan (as many Honda folks are,) you might want to check out the Motorcycle Hall of Fame while you’re there, too.

    http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/exhibits/halloffame

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