Bill and Lori Manly were the first Honda car dealers in the United States.
The couple, who originally had a foreign-car repair business in Santa Rosa, Calif. before selling automobiles, started their relationship with Honda in 1959 selling the brand's motorcycles "because they looked like fun," Lori Manly told Automotive News.
In fact, the pair sold so many Honda motorcycles the company awarded them a "Holiday in Japan" trip in 1967. While touring the Honda factory there, they saw the brand's first car — the N600 — on display. When Honda started awarding U.S. dealerships, the Manlys asked to be the country's Dealer One.