To commemorate the original Honda Cub and Super Cub’s launch sixty years ago, Honda is officially taking orders on the limited edition “60th Anniversary” Super Cub for a limited time.

Sixty years ago, in August 1958, Honda created history with the Super Cub. This tiny, petite motorcycle was instrumental in changing the image of motorcyclists from dirty, unshaven hooligans to one of the nicest people you could meet. Ever since then to this day, the Super Cub soldiers on as one of the oldest continuously produced models, with over 100 million sold until now.

To celebrate the momentous occasion of the Super Cub turning 60, Honda has formally announced a limited production run of 60th-anniversary special edition units of the popular low displacement two-wheeler. Honda will only accept orders until the 31st of October for the Super Cub 50 as well as Super Cub 110.

Chiai Kato, President of Honda Motorcycles Japan, presenting the special edition Super Cub.

The ’60th Anniversary’ bike gets a classic paint scheme with a Magna red finish for the body and beige colored apron/leg shield. The side covers are modeled after the 1963 American export-spec ‘CA 100′ units. Special Edition Super Cubs get a commemorative ’60th Anniversary’ emblem, custom seat cover with piping, a tail rack finished in gloss black and an exclusive key.

Mechanically, both the 50cc and 110cc Super Cubs are unchanged. The special edition Super Cub 50 costs close to $100 extra over its regular counterpart. The 110 model costs $190 extra. However, the premium charged before taxes is just $90 for the Cubs, making the special edition ones a bit of a steal, what with the paint scheme, badging, and the key.

Honda will formally release the 60th-anniversary Super Cubs on the 22nd of November, but if you want one, you have to apply to a dealer before the 31st of October. Honda intends to produce 2,300 of the Cubs spread over the 50 and 110. The special edition Super Cub 50 costs $2,210 including tax while the 110 rings in at $2,600 all told.

A design untouched by time: Utilitarian, rugged, yet adorable and classy.

So much for the details. Honda is not just celebrating one of its longest-running models, but rather celebrating a major shift in the motorcycling culture, to which the Super Cubs are central. Honda visualised and developed a motorcycle that was mechanically simple, rugged, and versatile, aiming to capture as much of the entry-level two-wheeler market. What the Super Cub achieved despite being on the lowest rung of motorcycling is simply phenomenal. In an era where motorcycles were considered close to taboo, the Honda Super Cub was endearing and helped turn around the negative image the two-wheelers had gathered over time.

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