The ubiquitous Honda Accord turns 40 today, launched in June of 1976 as America was still reeling from the oil crisis. It was small (with a wheelbase less than a modern Fit’s) and light enough (at 2,083 pounds) that it could easily surpass 40 mpg in highway driving, and immediately endeared itself to long-suffering drivers of gas guzzlers.
Over 12.7 million Accords have been sold in the intervening decades. 10.5 million of them have been built in the US. The 1982 Accord wasn’t just the first Japanese car to be built in the US, but in 1987 American-built cars were the first to be then shipped back to Japan and sold there.
Nine generations of the Accord have also won the Car & Driver 10 Best award 30 out of the 34 years the magazine’s been giving them out, making it the winningest model they’ve ever tested.
To mark the occasion, Honda has released a video and info sheets detailing the history of the Accord. See them below and wish an Accord owner a happy anniversary today.