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Looking back at Honda's mid-size gem on its ruby anniversary

The Honda Accord is celebrating 40 years of sales. Let's take a look back at its humble beginnings, and the path it forged to today.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
Andrew Krok
1976 Honda Accord
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1976 Honda Accord

Over the last four decades, Honda sold 12.7 million Accords.

1976 Honda Accord
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1976 Honda Accord

The vast majority of these cars were produced in the US, as well.

1982 Honda Accord
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1982 Honda Accord

The Accord's been named to Car and Driver's 10Best list 30 times, which is a record.

1982 Honda Accord
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1982 Honda Accord

It's the number-two seller for buyers under 35 -- number one is the Civic.

1982 Honda Accord
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1982 Honda Accord

Back when the Accord first went on sale, gas was 59 cents a gallon. Sounds nice.

1982 Honda Accord
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1982 Honda Accord

The Accord was the first Japanese-manufacturer vehicle to be produced in the US.

1985 Honda Accord
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1985 Honda Accord

The company started its manufacturing operations in Marysville, Ohio, in 1982, where the Accord is still produced today.

1986 Honda Accord
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1986 Honda Accord

It's also been built in Alabama, Ontario and Jalisco, Mexico.

1987 Honda Accord
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1987 Honda Accord

Overall, Honda's built nearly 11 million Accords in North America.

1987 Honda Accord
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1987 Honda Accord

It also happens to be one of the best cars you can buy.

1998 Honda Accord
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1998 Honda Accord

1986 Accord 3rd Generation
1998 Honda Accord
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1998 Honda Accord

1982 Accord 3rd Generation
1998 Honda Accord
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1998 Honda Accord

1982 Accord 3rd Generation
1991 Honda Accord
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1991 Honda Accord

1991 Accord 4th Generation
1991 Honda Accord
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1991 Honda Accord

1991 Accord 4th Generation
1991 Honda Accord
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1991 Honda Accord

1991 Accord 4th Generation
1994 Honda Accord
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1994 Honda Accord

1994 Accords 5th Generation
1996 Honda Accord
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1996 Honda Accord

1996 Accord 5th Generation
1997 Honda Accord
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1997 Honda Accord

1997 Accord 5th Generation
2000 Honda Accord
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2000 Honda Accord

2000 Honda Accord EX Coupe.
2002 Honda Accord
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2002 Honda Accord

2002 Accords 6th Generation
2004 Honda Accord
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2004 Honda Accord

2004 Accord 7th Generation
2004 Honda Accord
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2004 Honda Accord

2004 Accord 7th Generation
2006 Honda Accord
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2006 Honda Accord

2006 Accord Hybrid 7th Generation
2008 Honda Accord
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2008 Honda Accord

2008 Accord 8th Generation
2008 Honda Accord
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2008 Honda Accord

2008 Accord 8th Generation
2013 Honda Accord
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2013 Honda Accord

2013 Accord 9th Generation
2015 Honda Accord
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2015 Honda Accord

2015 Accord Hybrid 9th Generation
2016 Honda Accord
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2016 Honda Accord

2015 Accord 9th Generation
2016 Honda Accord
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2016 Honda Accord

2015 Accord 9th Generation

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