Friday, March 30, 2012

1980 Honda Civic Station Wagon - Back When Honda "Made It Simple"

Here's another Honda. It's nowhere near as fun or collectible as yesterday's CRX Si, but it's far more practical and most likely far more rare.

Many of you are probably looking at this car and wondering why anyone would have bought one of these in the first place. The exterior styling can politely be described as plain and the interior design is on par with - in some cases worse than - many Eastern European cars of the day.

People bought these because they ran. And ran, and ran, and ran. You couldn't kill a Honda Civic. While everything about the car was plain and austere, it was screwed together incredibly well. Nothing ever fell off, everything always worked. In 1980 there were very few cars that you could say that about.

The Civic wagon was not very aerodynamic and the 1.5 liter engine put out only 67 horsepower, but it weighed less than 2000 lbs and could reach 60 MPH in around 11 and a half seconds. Not great, but reasonable, when you consider that it would get 30 MPG or more in most conditions. (Remember, it's 1980 we're talking about here.)

Older Civics have one huge flaw. They are rust prone. Big time. Most would probably still be running and on the road today if their bodies hadn't turned completely to rust.

This car is in pretty remarkable condition. It has just 25,000 miles on it. Except for a little rust on the tailgate, the body is very clean. The interior is very clean and very red. (I like red interiors.)

This is one of those cars that I think will be a tough sell. The seller is asking $4800.00. (It was $4999.00 when new) Given it's condition and rarity, that's probably a reasonable price. The problem is, it's a 1980 Honda Civic station wagon. How many people want one today? By the mid-1990s, just about all car companies were building cars as well as Honda was back in 1980. And, because of improved technology, they didn't rust as badly or as quickly as the Civic . Many, many nice examples of those mid-1990s cars can be found for $5,000.00 or less. Much less.

This car is going to have to find a home with a Honda freak. Someone who wants the best examples of older Hondas he or she can find. For the seller's sake and the sake of the car, I hope one of those people finds this ad.

Located in Indianapolis, IN, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Ben for sending me the link to this car!

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