Bumps and potholes along the design and engineering path make for successful automobile manufacturing, and Honda Motor Co. is no exception. Founded by Mr. Soichiro Honda in the 1940's and rapidly finding success in motorcycle manufacturing, the company turned its focus to automobiles. Enter the Honda 145, also knows as the Honda 1300. While it wasn't the first Honda automobile to hit the market, it was one of the most pivotal as Honda found its footing through the 145's trials and tribulations.
Production for the Honda 145 ran from 1969 to 1973, offering car lovers both a 4-door sedan and a sporty 2-door coupe. The 145, aka 1300, was Mr. Honda's engineering marvel with his insistence upon the 145 having an air-cooled rather than a water-cooled engine. Through many design flaws and manufacturing delays, including weight issues and oil leaks from intense heat, Mr. Honda's dream was finally achieved with the DDAC, Dua Dyna Air Cooling System. Its double wall construction included one fan to cool the air flowing through and a second fan to remove air heated by the engine. Sadly, the high-ticket price and poor market showing led to the demise of the Honda 145, but not without lessons learned and a silver lining.
The trials and tribulations during those pivotal design and production years of the Honda 145's DDAC became the catalyst for change, the development of Honda's water-cooled engine, or CVCC. The CVCC engine became part of Honda's new line of automobiles, including the Civic. Now in its 10th generation of production and having earned numerous accolades, the Civic has the Honda 145 and its unique DDAC engine to thank for working out the kinks on its path to success.