A legendary man created a legendary company. Soichiro Honda was born in a family running a small workshop for repairing bicycles. In 1937, he started his business by making piston rings designed and patented by himself. Interestingly, Toyota, its arch-rival today, held 40% equity in that company and used its piston rings. Honda Motor Company was founded in 1947 as a motorbike maker, which eventually became the largest motor cycle maker in the world. The first car debuted in the early 60â