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January 19, 2015

Throwback – The Vintage Frank Ancona Honda

This blog feature is courtesy of Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda. Thank you for sharing a little Ancona history with us!

Fun Fact: Frank Ancona has been a cars-only dealership only since 1985. They started out back in 1961 as Northeast Sport Motors, selling motorcycle various motorcycle brands including Ducati, Norton, Triumph, and of course Honda. Before Frank Ancona Honda was a car dealership, the company sold motorcycles. The dealership actually sold more vehicles than Honda and won the Top Award from Soichiro Honda in 1966. Frank Ancona traveled to Japan to receive the honor and met Mr. Honda himself.

 

Text Reads: “Top Award 1966 Honda Holiday in Japan Contest. Presented to Northeast Sport Motors Kansas City, Missouri in recognition of Outstanding Achievement – Soichiro Honda, President” Courtesy of Michael Ancona

In 1971 the dealership expanded into selling cars and used to have their motorcycles and cars in the same showroom off of Truman Road in Kansas City. Since 1961, the Ancona family has amassed many cool collectibles, some of which have great sentiment with the Ancona family.

1971 Honda 600 Coupe

 

The antique Honda 600 Coupe was bought and restored many years ago by Frank Ancona. A farmer’s wife was cleaning out the barn after her husband’s death and sold Mr. Ancona the car. When Honda first began making cars, they actually made them with motorcycle engines. You can tell the Ancona’s Honda has one because the transmission is in the dash, not the floor. There are more fun facts about the car from Michael Ancona. “They only made them in ugly colors back then,” he says, listing bright shades of orange, yellow, teal and green. This olive green Coupe only has 58,000 miles on it and is mostly original. You can see it for yourself on the dealership floor.

1975 Honda MR50 Elsinore

The Honda MR50 is a special edition mini dirt bike, only made in 1974 and 1975. Ancona’s is a 1975 model two-stroke with a 3-speed manual clutch transmission. The MR50 was modeled after its older brothers – the CR125 and CR250 Elsinores. Everything about the mini bike was the same as the larger models except for one thing. Parents could manually control how fast their little tykes went on the bike using an allen screw in one of the four throttle stops.

1986 Honda Spree

 

The Spree was the entry level 50cc scooter for Honda with the Aero50 as their premium offering. Sold in the US and Canada between the years of 1984 to 1987, the Honda Spree was 2-stroke engine using a belt drive instead of a multi-ratio variator. Eventually the Honda Spree was replaced with the Honda Elite E/ES. The 1986 model in the dealership is in mint condition with only eight miles on it.

1983 Honda Express

The 1983 Honda Express is a special little bike for the Ancona family. Many of the Ancona kids rode it around the KU campus back in the day, so much so that it has a whopping 440 miles on it. You can still see a KU parking pass on the rear wheel fender! The scooter was made by Honda from 1977 to 1983 and is powered by an air-cooled 49cc two stroke with an automatic transmission.

Honda Kick-N-Go 2

Precursor to the Razor scooters, the Honda Kick-N-Go 2 is now a nostalgia item for many adults who yearned for their own or put a lot of miles on theirs growing up. The first Kick-N-Go was released in 1974 aimed for children while the Kick-N-Go 2, released in 1976, was aimed for teenagers. Unlike other scooters where you kicked at the ground, the Kick-N-Go moves by kicking the pedal down and has a handbrake to slow down.

1963 Honda Generators

These Honda generators may not power a hair dryer today, Michael Ancona says, but back in 1963 it was an Award of Merit for his father Frank Ancona. Mr. Ancona won the award based on outstanding achievement and sales effort in that year. These generators were created by Honda to expand on their previous product line success by making them portable. In the 60s, this generator was ideal. It has a 300-watt output and runs on gas with a pull start. It was considered quiet and extremely compact for travel.

Frank Ancona Honda plans on putting these collectibles on display on the main floor of the dealership. Do you have any memories of these Honda classics? Let us know in the comments.

October 21, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Offers Best Halloween Featured Lease Specials

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Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, is celebrating Halloween with the best featured lease specials on the Honda Pilot, Odyssey and Pilot.

2012 Pilot 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

2011 Odyssey 5 Speed Automatic LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.

Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

2012 Crosstour 5 Speed Automatic 2WD EX V-6 Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

October 10, 2011

A Huge Thanks to Mobile Commerce Daily for Featuring Frank Ancona Honda: Car dealership boosts social media engagement with mobile bar codes, SMS

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Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Thank you to Chantal Tode at Mobile Commerce Daily for interviewing myself and Valerie Jennings, of Jennings Social Media Marketing, about the launch of Frank Ancona Honda’s QR code and SMS campaign.

Car dealership boosts social media engagement with mobile bar codes, SMS

Car dealership Frank Ancona Honda is adding SMS and QR codes to its social media efforts to enhance customer engagement.

Frank Ancona Honda currently has a mobile site and is active in social media. It will expand these efforts going forward with QR codes and SMS as the traffic to its sites via mobile continues to grow.

“We need to expand into mobile to support our growing customer demand on smartphones,” said Jason Heard, sales manager of Frank Ancona Honda, Olathe, KS.

“We are utilizing mobile sites right now and this is the next step to not only expanding our mobile presence, but also adding more engaging to our social media practices,” he said.

Marketing Insight
Jennings Social Media Marketing is managing the dealership’s mobile marketing rollout.

Jennings Social Media Marketing has been working with Frank Ancona Honda for almost a year managing its social media.

The dealership is also working with KickANotch for mobile tracking.

QR codes and SMS will help Frank Ancona Honda engage with its customers via social media channels and mobile as part of its ongoing marketing activities around local events.

Mobile will also help the dealership track the effectiveness of its marketing.

“We are currently sponsoring several events in the local market and the QR codes will help us understand the impact of having our cars on display at these events,” Mr. Heard said.

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October 5, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Halloween with Best Certified Specials on Accords

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By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda is offering new Halloween certified specials on the Accord Coupe, Accord Crosstour, Accord Hybrid and Accord Sedan.

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Coupe
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011


Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Crosstour
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011


Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Hybrid
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011


Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Sedan
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011

September 23, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s Press Release Posted on Major News Sites Including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & msnbc.com

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Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s press release was recently posted on news sites including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com and msnbc.com. Frank Ancona Honda announced it would be kicking-off football season with a few new fall specials including the CR-V, Crosstour, Civic and Accord.

2011 CR-V 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing $0 first months payment, $0 security deposit
Offer valid from 9/7/2011-10/31/2011
See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

2012 Crosstour 5 Speed Automatic 2WD EX V-6 Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing $0 first months payment, $0 security deposit
Offer valid from 9/7/2011-10/31/2011
See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

2012 Civic HF Special APR– 1.9% APR for 24-36 months or 2.9% APR for 37-60 months.
Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011
See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

2011 Accord Coupe Special APR– 0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months.
Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011
See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

September 16, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Kicks Off Football With New Featured Lease Specials!

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By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda is kicking off the football season with new featured lease specials including the 2012 Pilot, 2012 Crosstour and the 2011 Odyssey.

2012 Pilot 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

2012 Crosstour 5 Speed Automatic 2WD EX V-6 Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

2011 Odyssey 5 Speed Automatic LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.

Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

September 9, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates 50th Anniversary with End of Summer Clearance Sale!

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By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary with its end of summer clearance sale. Take advantage of this deal with 0.9% financing on all 2011 Honda models, 0.9% financing on 2012 Accords and discounted sale pricing on new 2011 models and demos.

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Visit http://frankanconahonda.com/New-Vehicle-Offers.aspx to view the dealership’s Anniversary specials, including the next generation 2012 Honda Civic and pre-owned and new inventory. Like us on Facebook at Frank Ancona Honda and follow us on Twitter at @anconahonda to stay updated on the newest specials.

August 26, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces Best Labor Day APR Specials!

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By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda announces 0.9% APR for the 2011 Accord Coupe, 2011 CR-Z and the 2011 CR-V.

2011 Accord Coupe Labor Day Special APR
Offer valid from 8/24/2011 through 9/6/2011
0.9% APR for 24-60 months

2011 CR-Z Labor Day Special APR
Offer valid from 8/24/2011 through 9/6/2011
0.9% APR for 24-60 months

2011 CR-V Labor Day Special APR
Offer valid from 8/24/2011 through 9/6/2011
0.9% APR for 24-60 months

August 17, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Customer Appreciation Month!

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By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a customer appreciation video. Listen to customers talk about their Honda stories and experiences with Frank Ancona Honda.

Roger Nordean, a valued customer of Frank Ancona Honda’s for over 20 year said, “I think the Honda brand normally is very dependable. Over the years I’ve been bringing them here, and I really was impressed that even though my first car I didn’t buy here, they did a really good job with service. We’ve been really impressed with the service.”

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Visit http://frankanconahonda.com/New-Vehicle-Offers.aspx to view the dealership’s Anniversary specials, including the next generation 2012 Honda Civic and pre-owned and new inventory. Like us on Facebook at Frank Ancona Honda and follow us on Twitter at @anconahonda to stay updated on the newest specials.

August 9, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces August’s Back to School Service Special

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By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

To celebrate Frank Ancona Honda’s 50-year Anniversary during the month of August we are offering a great back to school service special. For $49.95 receive a lube oil filter, top and check fluid levels, tire rotation, multi point inspection, battery test and a car wash! Call the service department at 877-331-6507 or email us at service@frankanconahonda.com to schedule an appointment.

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

August 4, 2011

Honda Tops Industry in 2011 Initial Quality Study: Winners Include the Civic, Accord & Element

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Posted by Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

We are pleased to announce that Honda recently attained its best ever results in the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS) with seven different vehicles winning their categories and four vehicles coming in second. In addition, Honda was also rated the second highest in the entire survey, beating luxury brands such as Lexus.

Honda Tops Industry in 2011 Initial Quality Study

Coming off a long string of challenging sales months, and still dealing with the aftereffects of this spring’s disasters in Japan, Honda finally was the recipient of some good news recently, when the automaker achieved its best results ever in the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS). Not only was Honda the second-highest-rated brand in the entire survey, topping even all luxury brands except Lexus, but it also had seven different vehicles win their segments—more than any other automaker—and its own premium division, Acura, finished in third place overall.

Topping their categories for Honda were:

•Honda Fit—Sub-Compact Car
•Honda Civic and Honda Insight (tie)—Compact Car
•Honda Accord—Midsize Car
•Honda Element—Compact Crossover/SUV
•Honda Accord Crosstour—Midsize Crossover/SUV
•Honda Ridgeline—Midsize Pickup

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