The fourth generation of the Civic ran from 1987 until 1991, making this a very late one. This era of Civic benefited hugely from Honda’s tie up with Rover. Both companies learning a lot from each other - Rover improving quality control and manufacturing process and Honda improving their design approach, interior packaging and with the British engineers leading the suspension development these cars ride and handle exceptionally well.
Bought new From a Honda dealer in London, although its a 1991 car it was registered early in January 1992 and by October of that year was having regular service at Smiths Honda in Fleet, Hampshire. The last owner was an enthusiast car collector who bought it for the low miles and condition, and the current owner similarly bought it for that low mileage, and had had ideas of modifying but on seeing it couldn’t bring himself to alter it.
There's lots of original paperwork with this car, the original book pack is all there, including the pre delivery inspection sheet, Hondacare card and instructions for the National radio cassette. It has a book of early service stamps from Smiths of Fleet Honda specialists, going up to 2009 and 21,918 miles. It also has and almost complete set of MOT certificates showing the mileage is genuine, with only a few hundred miles per year creeping up on the odometer, and the lack of advisories showing the original condition is also all as it seems, the only issue coming up in 2018 when the tyres had both worn low and cracked with age, were they the originals? Unfortunately the recent service logs haven’t been passed on but the car has done very few miles recently.
Inside the car is exactly as Honda intended. These were hard wearing cabins but this hasn’t had to try very hard to stay in this fantastic condition. The dash top has no cracks and the clocks are clear, in the dash is the original National radio cassette player. The gear knob and steering wheel look like they’ve never been used.
The velour seats are excellent, with almost no wear at all, and the door cards have matching fabric inserts. All four doors have electric windows and there is a working electric sunroof above. The carpet is also excellent, having been protected by both rubber mats and carpet squares!
With so few miles on the clock it's not surprising to find the bodywork is unscathed, and it was clearly well cared for as there is no visible sign of corrosion appearing on the Honda. There are only a couple of very minor blemishes, the worst being a large stone chip on the bonnet and there are a couple of light scratches which are quite hard to see on the off side rear door and wing, and looking at the panels and wheel arches no visible blisters in the usual places.
The lights and glass are all bright and clear, and the black trim is clean and straight. It wears steel wheels with kerb scrape free hubcaps and it's safe to assume the tyres date from 2018, and have decent tread.
The 1.4 litre four cylinder is a typically bulletproof and reliable unit, and it's a dual carb unit which is interesting as it should have been fitted with fuel injection by this time. Looking under the bonnet there are no signs of leaks from oil or water and the inner wings are clean and straight. Looking under the car the floor pan looks astonishingly straight and original, we didn't spot any of the MOT repair patches under the sills so often seen on cars of this age.
90s and Japanese cars, and these Hondas particularly have become very popular in recent years and values have begun to reflect that as both nostalgia from a generation who remember them as the cars of their youth and also as people recognise the clever engineering and simple and elegant styling. Incredibly rare in this condition and mileage, this is an incredible opportunity to own an as new Honda from 30 years ago.
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