’95 Del Sol ready for another Margaritaville tour

’95 Del Sol ready for another Margaritaville tour

Pick of the Day is a Targa-topped, 2-seat Honda

The Pick of the Day is both a future classic and a car that can get you into RADwood events. It’s a 1995 Honda Civic Del Sol offered on ClassicCars.com by a private owner who once took it on that Margaritaville tour and suggests the next owner do the same.

“Several years ago, I drove it across country from Boise, ID to Key West, FL,” the owner reports. “I call it my Margaritaville tour, as I was following the route of Tully Mars, the main character in a novel written by Jimmy Buffett.  

“The route took me through Sun Valley, ID, where Ernest Hemingway worked on his novels in a room in the Sun Valley Lodge.  From there, through Yellowstone National Park, where the gorgeous views were spectacular to see, especially with the top down.  

“Following roads East to Hannibal, MO, where I saw the cave where Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn hung out.  From there I turned South, driving to Memphis, TN where I visited Elvis’ Graceland.  Then down the Natchez Trace Parkway to New Orleans.  

“Oh, what fun I had touring around New Orleans, seeing all the old mansions and sampling the cuisine.  I followed the gulf, driving through all the funky gulf towns and enjoying the top down weather all the way to Key West, FL, where kids on mopeds sped around town and the bars were laid-back.  

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“Each place I went, people commented on what a beautiful well-maintained car my Del Sol is.  Other Del Sol owners struck up conversations about where I had gone and my experiences in my Del Sol.”

The seller says the car is the top version of the Targa-roofed Del Sol with VTEC engine, rear spoiler, cruise control, disc brakes with ABS and dual airbags.

“This one is a beauty, has been lovingly maintained and garaged when not being driven. But it is such fun to drive!”

The car is painted dark green with black cloth interior. The car has power steering, brakes, locks and windows, and AM/FM radio with cassette player.

 

The 16-valve, aluminum alloy, fuel-injected, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine was rated at 160 horsepower when the car was produced. It is linked to a manual transmission. 

The seller is asking $10,000 for the car located in Boise, Idaho. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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  • James McIntire
    June 13, 2019, 6:07 AM

    When these cars were new I mocked them because they were built on a FWD Civic chassis. While still not a fan of FWD by any means, I find myself strangely drawn to this car for some reason. The mid-90’s was a good time for the car industry. Most manufacturers were finally starting to get computerized engine management systems down right-to the point where they were incredibly reliable, enthusiasts were finally starting to embrace EFI, and modern features such as ABS and 4-wheel disc brakes were becoming more common on many models. Yet the vehicles were also simple enough for the common person to be able to service and maintain them ourselves. Today’s vehicles may have more features and gadgets, but they’re also far more complex than they need to be.

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  • Dale birkland
    June 13, 2019, 6:47 AM

    I’ve always thought of owing this car. I have a 95 Alfa Romeo convertible and love it, but these Del Sol’s have caught my eye for a long time. I would love to see and drive it.

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  • Douglas Jobin
    June 14, 2019, 11:20 PM

    I daily drive a Del sol and between my friends and I, we have 7 total. This is a pretty clean car but not worth $10,000 by any means. It’s closer to $3,500-$4,000 in this shape. The only Del Sol’s bringing 5 figures are Japanese market Sol’s with the functioning Transtop power hardtop. Or cars with less than 1,000 miles. Other than that, no one pays more than 5 for an American market car that’s been driven at all. Amazing cars though. I absolutely love them, hence why we have 7 lol.

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