CATALOGUER: Hondas from around the world, circa 1983


Starting in 1979 Honda held yearly photography competitions among its distributors from around the world. Most appear to be brochure images localized to the many corners of the atlas where Hondas were sold. The best pictures were assembled in a calendar. Here’s the winners from the 1983 contest, a parade of early 80s Civics, Accords and Preludes with a dab of Quintet from far-flung reaches of the globe. 

The Japanese have always appreciated fine photography. Just look at their camera industry if you need proof. Nowadays it’s fairly difficult to find such varied scenery in official photos, even amongst Japanese automakers. In order to save money, often several countries will use the same images, and photoshopped backgrounds are rampant. You simply aren’t going to get photos like this of new machines any more. Just another reason why nostalgic cars rule.

via Douglas Millar and NW Classic Honda.

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6 Responses to CATALOGUER: Hondas from around the world, circa 1983

  1. mkadfaber says:

    O man the Arabian with the falcon in the desert is epic! I can just imagine them ” well thats enough for today, come on falcon its time to go home” then they get in the honda and drive home through the sand. Well done Honda

  2. John M says:

    I drove a 1st gen. green Accord hatchback in high school. I wasn’t living the jet-set life, but it was on many adventures, off road on many occasions, and even airborne a couple times, so these pics are certainly apropos. That Prelude to a kill pic is awesome!

  3. Kevin says:

    Wow! Those are some really beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Bart says:

    Yeah, I like the ideal of posting old brochures, ads, press photos, etc on here. I’m not sure of the legalities of it, but it is cool to see.

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