1992 Honda CRX Del Sol 1.5 VTec Import, Stunning, For Sale
This 1992 Honda CRX Del Sol 1.5 VTec is in stunning condition for the year. Imported in 1999, it has deep gloss black pearlescent paintwork and a black & grey interior with full leather seats. Throughout its life it has been maintained & cared for regardless of cost. There is a colossal history & service file, including such things as timing belt changes at 74k, 108k and 121k, a waxoyl treatment in 2005, 3 recent tyres, and a 3-year guaranteed Halfords battery. It has full MOT till July 2020 with no advisories, was recently serviced (oil is still clean and gold), had recent new distributor cover, rotor arm and HT leads, and has no leaks. The car is HPI clear, and has had 5 UK owners. There are no modifications to the D15A engine, which runs spot-on, and the car has an aftermarket stainless steel exhaust system with a perfect burble tone, not over-loud or annoying. It is fitted with 15” alloys, hardly marked, and a certificated Cat 1 alarm fitted by Audio Images, with 2 keys & fobs. The 5-speed manual gearbox changes up & down smoothly, with no funny noises or crunching. The period Kenwood stereo & CD autochanger works perfectly, and comes with original Instructions. Obviously the star turn with these cars is the removable steel targa roof. This roof is manual, so no electrics to go awry, and the gloss black roof panel still has the same high standard finish as the rest of the car. The Honda construction is such that, with the panel in place, the car feels from inside like a full fixed-roof coupe. So this certainly isn’t a summer-only vehicle. But with the panel removed (two simple levers) and the powered windows down, it’s a full-on targa convertible. Especially as - and this is the Del Sol’s other party trick, for maximum wind-in-the-hair experience - the widthways rear glass window lowers electrically too. How’s that for a 1992 car! Lifting-out and stowing the roof panel can be a bit unwieldy. For two people it’s easy, most men should manage it fine solo, but - without wishing to appear sexist - it’s probably a bit heavy for some ladies to lift on their own. The boot’s quite massive for such a compact car, and the panel sits in the top of the boot on a lockable frame. Just position it, and pull two locking levers into place. Stowed, the roof occupies about a quarter of the boot depth. The contoured black & grey leather seats are totally intact - no rips, tears, gouges or loose stitching - but the black areas have sun-faded with the years to varying hues of black-brown. Not the headrests though, peculiarly. It was my intention when I got the car to re-colour the leather (as I have with a couple of previous classics) but the reason I haven’t is that the worn-old-leather-jacket patina of the seats has grown on me! It would be easy enough to do, with a Woolies leather-revive kit and careful masking-off of the grey panels (or just get a Connolliser in). But for me, the seats have been fine as they are! There’s a flaw - after all, the car is 27 years old. The passenger door lock doesn’t open with the fob (you have to use the interior handle). But overall, this car is a joy. It drives & sounds great, its looks & condition belie the age, and the exclusivity, sparkly black gloss paint & now rarely-seen roof arrangement never fail to draw admiring glances & comments.
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