Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Tag: Honda Civic 2nd gen

Baggy Trousers with my Honda Civic – Family Album Treasures

The owner of this second-generation Honda Civic strikes such a strange pose that I immediately had to think of the wacky Madness Japanese TV ads for the Honda City! It’s like he’s doing that strange Madness-walking dance!

Honda Civic owner doing the Madness walking-dance
Honda Civic owner doing the Madness walking-dance

If you are unfamiliar with what that dance looks like, this is the album art of the Madness Honda City LP that was released in Japan:

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Down on the Street: Honda Civic S

I already spotted that the owner of the Honda Accord mk2 didn’t use it regularly anymore, but earlier this week I also noticed this little red 1982 Honda Civic Sport creeping between a couple of the black poles marking the pavement from the parkinglot:
Honda Civic S
Yes indeed: clever parking when all spots are taken. You can’t do that with modern cars anymore!
In the pictures here it was properly parked btw. 😉

Also after seeing the car up close it I vaguely remembered it: Continue reading

DOTS: Rusty 1980 Honda Civic Mk. 2

Time for another Down On The Street edition!

It is funny how you keep finding more and more old Japanese cars when you start looking for them and get an eye for them. I found this 1980 Honda Civic Mk. 2 during one of the cycling tours I’m doing with my two year old son.
Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2
Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2

From far away I already spotted the big dent in the left rear door.

Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2
Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2

When I got closer I spotted some rust on the hatch…

Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2
Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2

And when I passed it I spotted even more rust on the whole front section of the car!

So I turned around, grabbed my camera and took some photos of this Japanese rustoseum!
Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2
Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2

This is how bad the hatch actually is!

Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2
Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2

And at the other corner of the rear window you can almost force your hand inside if you want to!

Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2
Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2

And the headlight doesn’t look much better than the hatch! Weird enough the chrome surrounding outlived the hood! I really don’t want to know the amount of electrical problems with this car, you can just imagine the amount of water gushing in the headlight when driven through rain!

Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2
Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2

Funny enough the interior looked really good compared to the outside of the car!

The car itself has still got MOT till the end of November. I don’t think it will pass the tests anymore unless someone really does a lot of work to it. For MOT it will definitely need a replacement rear door and if you want to keep the car in decent state it needs a new hatch, hood and some welding to the sills.

Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2
Rusty Honda Civic Mk. 2

And as you can see this is the Hondamatic version of the Mk. 2 Civic. Since this car is the early 1980 model it is certainly powered by the only choice of engine: a 1.3 liter EJ engine (68hp), coupled with a two speed automatic. Back then a powerful engine: my ageing 2T is only capable of doing 75hp with its 1.6 liter displacement!

All in all I consider this an unique find! Never seen that much rust on a MOT-ed car!

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