Honda Motor Company was founded by Soichiro Honda in 1948. Soichiro Honda always had a great interest in automobiles and worked as a mechanic at a tuning shop called Art Shokai in Japan. At Art Shokai, he tuned cars and entered them into races. Soichiro Honda was very bright and a self-taught engineer who also worked on designing a piston that he hoped to sell to Toyota. His first concepts were rejected, but that didn’t stop him one bit. As the hard worker that he is, he worked painstakingly to perfect his piston design.