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Honda Life Step Van- 1973

Honda Life Step Van- 1973

The Honda Life Step Van was Japan’s first microvan. Based on the 1971 Honda Life Sedan, the unique-looking vehicle’s primary mission was to serve as a delivery mule for Japan’s rapidly-growing economy. Honda sold the Step Van on traits such as a large rear opening and low floor for ease of loading and unloading and its “passenger car feel.” On the inside, Honda’s engineers fashioned nifty ergonomic touches such as a slotted glove box for quick check depositing, an integrated pen holder, and a fold-out glove box door that doubles as a writing surface. The Step Van meets the Kei car standards that originated at the end of WWII when most Japanese could not afford a full-sized car. The microvan promoted the growth of the car industry, as well as offered an alternative delivery method to small business and shop owners.


  • Manufacturer: Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Engine: 360cc, 2-cylinder, 30 hp
  • Top Speed: 65 miles per hour
  • Years of Production: 1972-1974
  • Number Produced: 17,165
  • Original Cost: 376,000 yen

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