Here’s the other side of the coin from my alcohol-laced Cutlass post. And timely, as I just spotted this today over coffee on Finding Future Classic Cars.
The first one. First of a crapload of Honda Accords. Yup. Initially available as a two door liftback only, perhaps a surprise to our younger readers who associate these as midsize suburban sedans seen, well everywhere.
Of course a sedan came along quickly, my friend Chris Green has a mint ruby red one with red velour, but the two door was the sole choice that first year, 1976. And now you can get this nice one in Seattle for four grand if you’re so inclined. In that oh so ’70s combo of root beer brown with tan velour!
Ad is short and sweet: “79 Accord 5speed, 150k. Runs Good, fresh Head With Weber carb (Have Original Carb and Air Cleaner), interior is Almost Mint.”
“Body Straight and Rust Free. The Car is 42yrs Old and in Really Good Condition. $4,000 OBO.” Neat little time capsule. I haven’t seen one since maybe 1991-they dissolved rapidly in the Midwest. I don’t remember anyone having one when I was a kid, but neighbors across the street had a nonmetallic brown Civic of this vintage circa 1988.
No, wait. Actually, I seem to recall the Rock Island Honda dealer having a mint one in the showroom circa 2011-12. They were still downtown then, believe it or not. But shortly thereafter, they moved to a brand spanking new, gigantic facility in Moline. I believe they had an equally nice ’75 Civic too.
So all you fine folks talking the talk recently, here you go: Buy it. Good luck finding that missing side molding though, ha ha.