This car is a survivor! We bought it from the
original owners, Paul and Mary, who took amazing care of this
Spending its entire life garaged in New Mexico, this car is
completely rust free!
I love the design of the door handles, and
the way the radio antenna disappears into the
"A" pillar. I also like the rear window works like a hatchback. No
other car, except for the AMC Gremlin,
had a hatchback.
I thought these cars
were so modern when I first looked at this car back in 1971.
Parting was difficult after 44
Seems to be enough room on the trailer.
The driver said 3 different people asked to buy the Honda as he
brought it across
These cars were mainly distributed through Honda motorcycle
dealers. It was Honda second venture into the American car
market. The first started in January 1969 with the N600,
the exact same platform but a more squared off, conventional
sedan. They brought out the sportier 600 Coupe, in April 1971
and imported both models through August 1972. In 1973 the
4 cylinder, water cooled Honda Civic was introduced to the
...the rest is history.
We lucked out on the license plate.
This car has been repainted once, and the seat panels have been
replaced, everything else is original.
Like the rest of the car, the interior is near perfect
heard of three on the tree, and four on the floor, well this is
a four on the dash.
No need to coax your date across the bench seat, your shoulder
to shoulder in this car.
And because the shifter is coming out of the dash, there's
nothing between you.
Powered by a 598cc, two cylinder Single overhead cam, forced air
cooled engine that delivers
36 horse power and 31 foot pounds of pavement pounding
torque through a 4speed
synchromesh transmission, and 10 inch tires.
This is a tiny car! Only 10'3" long, 51" wide and 50.4"
high, it was the last of the micro-cars.
Surprisingly, this car needed little
work. The steering had 4 to5 inches of play, but a
new set of pinion
bushings and a re-pack of the steering box
took care of that.
The rear wheel cylinders were leaking, so
they needed replacing. The main problem with these
little cars is there isn't much of a parts
network. But fortunately, someone is manufacturing
wheel cylinders that only took a little
modifying. New brake lines were needed in the rear
car because the new wheel cylinders use a
different size fitting. So, I now know how to do
The rear side marker lights and the license
plate lights were not working ,so I replaced
which sounds a lot easier than it is, with no
results. Janice tracked down two broken
wires that proved
to be the culprits.
The brake booster/servo needed a good
cleaning, and a new set of almost impossible to
10 inch tires makes this cutie pie drive
I hesitantly replaced the seat belts, because the
old seat belts were a little brittle and outdated.
I installed a modern three point system. The
original seat belt warning light and buzzer system
still worked on this car!
I thought everyone disconnected this system about
five minutes after they bought their cars.
Some other cosmetic work, such as replacing the
dome light cover, polishing up some of the chrome,
using a clay bar to make the paint smooth as
glass, and a good hand rub wax job, has this car
up in beautiful condition.
Many of the rubber components were dry and
brittle. I replace them as I find them.
I found the window run channel at Steele Rubber
Products. Not a hard job, but time consuming.
Snaking through those thin doors, I probably would
have had an easier time back when
I was 110 lbs,
I ordered new roof stripes, from Civic Garage in
New South Wales, Australia. I literally have to
go all over the world for parts for this car.
I laid the strips on the driveway, and let the hot
desert sun soften them before I install the strips
in the channels.
I recently learned that the replacement seat
panels were originally used in AMC Pacers.
The "Blue Basket Weave" material looks great
with the Honda's Pal Blue exterior.