Time-capsule ’83 Honda Civic hatchback

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“Museum quality” may not be a phrase you’re used to reading when applied to a 1983 Honda Civic 1300 hatchback, but it seems to apply to the Pick of the Day.

According to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com placed by a classic car dealership in Seekonk, Massachusetts, the car is a 14,275-mile original. 

“This car was sold new in Muncie, IN where it spent its life until 2018,” the dealership says in the ad. “It belonged to an older woman who used it sparingly. When she passed, the family took ownership.”

The dealer adds that the car was always garaged and “treated very well” and, basically, remains in showroom condition.

The Ivory paint has been tested for originality with an electric paint meter “and passed with flying colors.” The tan leather interior is “like new” and “everything is in working order,” the seller reports.

The car is a second-generation Civic designed to bring it closer in styling and performance to the Honda Accord. 

The Civic for sale is powered by a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine linked to a 4-speed manual transmission. 

“This car is a true time capsule,” adds the dealership, which is asking $25,000 or best offer for the car.

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To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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