Friday, April 18, 2008

Future Classic: 43k-mile '85 Honda CRX Si

The Honda CRX is arguably the best crossover sports car/daily driver of the last three decades. It was great to drive, economical, had plenty of space inside due to its hatchback design, and was also quite attractive. We like to think of it as Honda's version of the Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato.

As a result of all these great qualities (not to mention unfailing reliability and ability to take incredible abuse), most of the original CRXs have been driven into the ground. Very infrequently a low-mileage, unmodified example will surface, and this 43,000 mile 1985 model out of Virginia is the best one we've seen in quite awhile.

Despite a one-liner description, it has been bid to over $4,000 with almost three days to go at the time of this writing. These cars are just about old enough to stir nostalgic memories for those born in the 70s and 80s. They have reached the low point on the depreciation curve and will now rise in value as they reach collector status. This car already seems to be there!

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