Friday, March 21, 2008
Daily Driven: 1975 Honda Civic CVCC
It's rare that we see well-preserved 70s Japanese imports on the street these days. After all, this '75 Civic (or is it a '76?) is thirty-three years old today.
Many of these cars weren't treated so nicely to begin with, and after 30 years of parking on the street or enduring Midwest winters (along with rolling over their odometers 3 or 4 times), they are looking pretty beat. Most have sadly met their maker already or are continuing to rust away in a junkyard near you.
We do still see some good examples of '70s era Toyotas and Datsuns, but early Civics in good condition are almost unheard of. I did see a gorgeous first-year '74 Civic at the JCCS show a few years back, and that one stands out because it's just about the only really pristine one I can picture. Most of them are looking pretty rough around the edges, like this '76 CVCC featured by Jalopnik in their "Down On The Street" series.
I was sort of tempted to leave a note on this car's windsheild, and now I'm almost regretting I didn't. This model looks almost exactly like the car in the original CVCC advertisement above! If any of you live out in the avenues of San Francisco, track this one down, talk the owner into selling it to you, and show up with it for Motoring J Style on May 24th. This one would turn a lot of heads.