33k-Mile 1987 Honda Civic DX


Seriously? Do I need to start a whole new blog dedicated to low mileage econoboxes?

This is like the third in the past couple months. It's a running joke here - why are the immaculate low mileage survivors the cheapest of cheap cars? There's usually no explanation other than lack of use.

But the beauty is that since they were cheap cars, owners trashed, thrashed and abused them, so clean examples are had to find, which in turn makes the low mileage survivors very notable. Suddenly, bells start ringing. How many are left? Is this the lowest mileage '87 Civic in the US? The world?


This particular survivor is a third generation Civic, which were made briefly from 1983-1987. The best of all the bodies was the nifty two-door hatchback. Space, style and versatility. You can get 30-40 miles per gallon, handle curves well, and fit a lot of stuff in the back. Nice.

A four-cylinder engine powered the front wheels.

The seller says the 33,080 miles are original and the car is beautiful inside and out. This being the DX, it is refreshingly free of modern comfort and conveniences, and has no air conditioning, power steering, radio, speakers, passenger side mirror, power windows or door locks. That's pretty amazing. All you do is get in, drive, and then arrive at your destination. Form over function in its purest expression. But it transcends that somehow to create some soul the Japanese cars just don't have anymore.


The seller also says it has no rust, new tires and was never smoked in. They say it's ready for the daily commute, and I couldn't agree more. You can easily get this up to 200k-300k miles with minimal maintenance. Grab it before it's too late.

Available here on ebay in Providence, Rhode Island with bidding at $3,950 and a Buy-It-Now of just $6,500
                                   

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