Seeing a car like this reminds me that Honda made some great manual transmission equipped cars back in the 1990s and this one is…whoa…2010? Are you serious? A 6-speed manual in a 2-door Honda coupe in 2010? Hang on. Consults various interweb sources of information. This is the 8th generation Accord, 2008-2012 and obviously it was available with a stick, it was replaced with the 9th gen Accord 2013-2017 which was also available with a 6-speed in the i-4 and V6 coupe, which was then replaced by the 10th generation Accord which started in 2018 and was available with a 6-speed in a sedan (the coupe was discontinued) until the 2021 model year when Honda made the Accord only available with some terrible CVT or a 10-speed-slushbox. We only have ourselves to blame because instead of driving new cars we’ve been tooling around in old depreciated manual-gearbox BMWs and 60s muscle cars but I still weep for the future of mankind. Find this 2010 Honda Accord Coupe offered for $8,600 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist.
I’ve never owned a Honda Prelude, but if I did buy one, it would be from the fifth and final generation (1996-2001). Many have been turned into Fast and Furious inspired hoopties, complete with coil over suspensions and fart can exhausts, but not today. Today we’ve got one with what appears to be the stock H22A that pushes 195 horsepower into the front wheels — and it wasn’t a slow car back around Y2K. But you don’t drive this car to win traffic light drags, you drive it to enjoy the snick-snick Honda shifter and the feeling when VTEC kicks in (yo). Find this 2000 Honda Prelude offered for $4,000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
Somebody the other day was lamenting the death of cheap project cars, but I think the discussion may have been premature. This next car is about as cheap as you can get for a classic Honda CRX, and I am intrigued despite the multiple issues it faces. And yes, it will need to be towed. Find this 1988 Honda CRX Si offered for $1200 in Palmdale, CA via craigslist.
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.
I wonder if someone looked at the Honda S2000 and said “this car is too heavy and too safe…I’m going to fix that.” A few hundred yards of welding rod and a few bent pieces of aluminum later this next beast emerged from the shed. With 240 horsepower from the 9000 rpm screaming Honda VTEC engine and the curb weight of a wicker basket, this thing should fly. Find this 1965 Lotus 7 Replica offered for $9,750 in Dublin, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
If you are going to drive something that looks like a vintage racer, you might as well get something that performs like a vintage racer, which isn’t like the latest turbocharged Caterham offering or one of those three wheeled Slingshot things. Cars from the golden age of the automobile were slow, even race cars, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Find this 1980 SSR1 Speedster offered for $10,950 in Surprise, AZ via ebay.
The third generation Honda Accord hatchback is was built from 1985 through 1989 and it features a few things that other accords didn’t have including…double wishbone front and rear suspension, and pop-up headlights. Guess which one of those features is gonna get you more points at the next classic 80s Japanese car show? Find this 1987 Honda Accord offered for $5,500 in New York via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car comes from the year 1983, which was the year of the theatrical release of Return of the Jedi and the year of the first mobile cell telephone call. If that doesn’t sound very long enough — check your calendar. This car left the factory 38 years ago. So if anyone looks at it like a potential cheap daily driver, remember it is a classic. Not that you couldn’t drive it every single day, but then I know people who drive vintage Beetles every day, so can be a daily or a classic. One last thought — forward hinged hoods rule. Find this 1983 Honda Accord offered for $5,400 in San Mateo, CA via craigslist.
You might think that the Honda Element would be an unlikely car to show up on the pages of Daily Turismo, but you might not know as much about the Element as you should. First, the boxy people and gear hauler was available with a manual gearbox and they are simple to maintain. Think of it like an overstuffed Volvo wagon and it makes more sense. Find this 2006 Honda Element offered for $9,700 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.
The 2nd generation Honda Accord was sold from 1982 through 1985 in the USA and these things were everywhere. Honda was selling so many of these things that they decided to build them in the USA. Starting in 1983, most Accords sold east of the Rockies were assembled in a plant in Marysville, Ohio. It appears this one was originally sold in CT, so it is probably one of those Marysville Accords, but it does look in great shape for the age. Find this 1985 Honda Accord offered for $6,450 in Voluntown, CT via craigslist. Tip from Carter.