Notta Lotta Jazz: 1986 Honda City
Today’s next Honda City isn’t the fender flare equipped 108 horsepower Turbo II version or even the regular 99 horsepower Turbo version…nope, it is a base model City. That means you get 60 horsepower from the 1.2 liter inline-4 and 0-60mph in about 13 seconds. Slow…yes…not non-turbo diesel Mercedes slow, but slow enough that you won’t find that JDM parking antenna bouncing around due to acceleration. Find this 1986 Honda City offered for $9000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.
From the seller:
1986 Honda City
cylinders: 4 cylinders
paint color: red
title status: clean
1986 Honda City for sale RHD
34k original miles
Runs and drives great!
Not registered. Comes with all import paperwork to register.
Has an exhaust rattle on cold start
Asking $9000 or best offer
See a better way to drive something small? email@example.com
Motocompo sold separately ?
A commute where the closest you can park your car is motorcycling distance from your destination which in turn has a place to store a tiny motorcycle seems too unlikely make it practical.
On the other hand wouldn’t it be fun to have an RV that was towing this as its dingy, with a Motocompo in the trunk, and maybe a skateboard attached to the Motocompo? The matryoshka doll of transportation! If I had that rig I’d take it on car ferries just for bragging rights.
My 1982 300d hits 60 in about 11 seconds, so take that.
If this is like your typical early 80s Honda with the spaghetti bowl of vacuum lines snarled about the carburetor, no thanks. Owning a vintage domestic Honda that a local mechanic *might* be familiar with one thing, but a JDM unicorn sporting that nonsense is frightening.
That said, why does it feel heretical to slap an Italian Weber on classic Japanese cars?
Mikuni side drafts, then?