Thursday, November 11, 2010

1980 Honda Accord - A Survivor

15 years ago this car wouldn't have warranted a second glance. Today it jumped off the screen at me.

These cars used to be everywhere. They sold well when new, they didn't break down and, as the Accord got more sophisticated and moved upscale, these, old, "simple" Accords sold for little money. They lived on as first cars, beaters, commuter cars, etc. I can't even count how many people I know who had one of these at one time.

Even the best cars can only go for so long. Rust was the biggest enemy of the Accord, but those that didn't rust were often scrapped as individuals and families found newer, better equipped, small cars to buy. As common as they once were, they're all but gone now. That's why this one, in this condition, stands out.

This is a very impressive first generation Accord. It has just over 100,000 miles on it, but looks great.

The cars has been a mother / daughter car and still has its original window sticker, key tags, manuals, etc. The seller says that there is a log book that details the car's trips, gas fill up and maintenance.

The best thing about this car is that except for a K&N intake and air cleaner, this car is stock, right down to its plain steel wheels and skinny tires. (It was repainted 20 years ago and the seller says it could use another respray)

This is not a car that will make your heart race when you drive it. It was a very good car in its day, but that day was 30 years ago. Still, it's a huge piece of automotive history and a car that is rarely seen in this condition today. I hope the person who buys it appreciates that and keeps this car just as it is.

Located in Richland, WA, click here to see the eBay listing.


Max Power said...

It truly is amazing that these cars were all over the place not too long ago and they all seemed to vanish at the same time. When Honda introduced the first generation four door Accord (the first two years were two door hatches like the featured car), that's when things got really crazy for them. Huge dealer markups...a choice of only two colors...a take it or leave it attitude from the dealers. A friend's father...a domestic only type of guy...was finally convinced by my friend to take a look at the Accord. He was very impressed but put off (and I do not blame him) by the attitude of the dealer. He ended up getting a 1981 Buick Skylark (Brown with tan velour...gotta love those times)

Unknown said...

I have this exact car in nearly the same condition. The girl just won't die. She's been our trusted back up anytime we've had a breakdown in our other cars. Love my Little Bean to the moon and back.

Chris said...

Wow. Nice ride. I had the exact car right out of high school, tan 5 spd. I had a huge home speaker in the back that my dad built in the 70s. Fun car!!