Thursday, 06 February 2014 18:03

Harold Tipton, Founder of San Diego's First Honda Dealership, Dies at 97

In 1956, Harold Tipton opened Tipton Oldsmobile in La Mesa. Over the years, he held other franchises, including Fiat, Saab, Peugot, Chrysler, Plymouth, Volvo and Jeep before opening San Diego County’s first Honda dealership in 1974, in El Cajon.

A Texan through and through, he loved John Wayne and westerns, his family said. The walls of his office at the El Cajon dealership were covered with the horns of real Texas longhorns, spurs, branding irons and lariats. His work ethic was equally as large as life.

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