This next car comes as a tip from Art who recently purchased his own version of the 7th generation Honda Civic hatchback, which hopefully isn’t as sunburnt as this one. These cars live in the shadow realm between modern cars that normal folks are willing to drive everyday and classics that everyone wants to pay […]
As a part time white v-neck t-shirt afficianado and full-time street racer once said: Ask any racer, any real racer. It don’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning. A long haired Scotsman concured with his opinion when screamed “There can be only one!”…but that was after decapitating a bunch […]
If there is ever going to be a collectible Civic, then it is probably going to be the CVCC version, which stood for Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion, which was simply an inexpensive way to achieve stratified charge combustion. Today’s example is NOT a CVCC, it has the regular 1.2 liter Honda E-series 4-banger, but that […]
The Civic comes in three flavors. First up is fast — the Type R or Si version or modified. Then there is the plebian sedans that you see driven around by grandmas and by people who view a car like they view a dishwasher or a pair of pliers. And finally, there is the Civic VX…which V for very, and X for xtreme. Actually, I’m not sure what VX means, but I do know that it came from the factory only in the hatchback and it pushes out 92 horsepower from a 1.5 liter D15Z1 VTEC-E equipped 4-cylinder attached to a manual gearbox. If don’t like to drive a Prius and if you like to get your fuel economy the hard way…this is the car. Find this 1992 Honda Civic VX offered for $5,200 in Prairieville, LA via ebay. Tip from John.
This next car isn’t the perfect little old lady driven classic in mint condition that you dream about…and it does have some rust and dings and missing trim. It also has the remains of an RV towing mount, which means it probably logged some miles being towed through who-knows-what kind of environment. That is probably why, despite wearing vintage 1981 Cali Sunset plates, it has some significant surface rust. However, you don’t find driver condition Civics with manual gearboxes just sitting around at this price…so I give it a cautious one thumb up. Find this 1981 Honda Civic 1500GL offered for $4000 in Palmdale, CA via craigslist.
Life is too short to drive a boring car. You know that because we’ve been saying it since 2012 (Is DT almost 8? Wow!). But if the convertible CRX posted yesterday wasn’t your thing (maybe you sunburn easily or don’t like getting your hair wind-dried) then perhaps a custom El Camino is what your heart […]
This next car comes from tipper Jeff who writes: To borrow an analogy, putting this much boost through a SOHC is like eating 6 Taco Bell burritos and trusting a fart… it’s only a matter of time. That being said, if it’s built right and the seller has the sheet/receipts to prove it, talk about a […]
In preparation for Halloween, I present this next Horrorod feature with words and tips from Matt C. What could be scarier than a sub-$1000 V12 Jaguar? How about taking over a project where somebody else threw a random pile of parts together and didn’t quite get it finished? Here’s a trio of sketchy Frankenstein builds! […]
The 5-door Honda Civic Shuttle (previously called the Wagovan) was a crossover before there was such a thing as crossovers, but it competed with Toyota’s Tercel Wagon and Subaru’s Wagon thing in the small 4X4 wagon segment. Power in the Civic Shuttle came from a 109 horsepower 1.6 liter 4-banger that was mated to a […]
You could drive a vehicle with great fuel economy to save the whales, the planet, or all of the people living in low sea level areas, or you could drive a vehicle with good fuel economy because you are a degenerate cheapskate — but it really doesn’t matter as long as that car doesn’t make […]