This 1982 Honda Civic is a time-capsule example

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Not only is the Pick of the Day a candidate for “young classic” status, but the dealer offering it for sale says this 1982 Honda Civic 1300FE is in “Mint Condition” and is a “Timewarp” example, seemingly in “showroom-like” condition.

The car is advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, but the dealer notes that the car is not at its location but at the home of the client, wherever that might be.

According to the advertisement, the “Arctic silver paint shines as new with no dings, scratches, rust or other damage… never in the body shop for any damage or repairs. Gray interior is as new with all possible Honda Accessories.”

The car even comes with two sets of Honda alloy wheels, a spare transaxle, factory and “Haines” service manuals, dealer parts catalog, owner’s manuals, sales brochure, window sticker, original invoice and other literature.”

The dealer does not, however, reveal the Honda’s mileage. 

We think the dealer is quoting the car’s owner in the next section of the ad, which says, “Always garaged, carefully driven in temperate climates and meticulously maintained. This car was running good when it was put into storage, but it will need to be trailered and serviced before it is roadworthy since it has been stored indoors for many years. 

“I have been unwilling to part with this car for many years because it is in such immaculate condition and quite frankly because of how good of a car it has been when it was in use. The time has come where we need to make room in our garage for a new car and I am not willing to store this car outdoors. 

“I am the original owner… there are no ‘mysteries’ or excuses surrounding this car. Ideally, this car should go into someone’s collection based on the condition that it is in, but in reality what I have is an old Honda Civic. So, it is priced accordingly.”

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That price would be $3,495.

Photos with the advertisement show a car in immaculate condition. 

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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  1. I attempted to purchase another vehicle posted via this outfit and it never materialized. You weren’t and aren’t able or allowed any contact with the owner or vehicle for that matter. If you look closely at the door VIN and the " dealer" VIN on the posting 2 different animals. Caveat emptor!!! It’s just a matter of time.

  2. I purchased a new Honda Accord in 1983. The Accord was a huge seller those days with waiting lists for new cars. To make mine stand out from the masses of Accords on the road and to dress it up a bit, I purchased the same alloy wheels this car has as an upgrade/option. They were very expensive those days.

    I believe they were Prelude wheels but I thought they would add some sport to the look of the car. I doubt these are the original wheels and suspect the owner upgraded at some point as well.

    Was the Civic and Accord wheel size similar in 1982-’83?

  3. Two years ago I was shopping for a 1951 Studebaker and found one advertised by this "dealer" on Classic Cars.com. I later found the same car advertised on Craigslist by the owner of the car in California. The "dealer" had increased the owner’s asking price by 15 percent. The owner had never heard of the "dealer" and was surprised to see his car being advertised by them.

  4. My neighbor bought a brand new Honda (I think is was a 600 sedan) and he didn’t even make it home from the dealership when it broke down. It had 21 miles on it. He called the dealer, had it towed back and requested another new car. Of course, the dealer refused, saying it was sold and that meant it was "used" car now so, no new one. The engine was blown and he had to wait more than THREE months to get his car back and that was only because he got a consumers group involved and also the local news station did a report on it. The dealership kept saying they were waiting for a new engine from Japan.
    Another friend of mine that I worked with, bought a brand new Prelude for his wife. The Transmission went out at 7 months, the car WAS under warrantee but the dealership and HONDA blamed the issue on them and charged them $3,000 for a USED transmission!. That was a lot of money back then. ,Kinda turned me off on Hondas

  5. Had a good friend/dorm neighbor at Indiana State in the late ’80’s that had a first gen Accord in pale yellow that had over 290k miles; always sat outside, I changed the fluids because Media/Communication majors don’t understand these things; never failed to start, drove well, shifted smoothly, didn’t wear the tires oddly, and was very stingy on gas for a small four door sedan that often had four/six college sized dudes & their baggage crammed inside. Just over 300k he had to part it out, as the floors became so rusty that the driver’s seat fell through the floor on three corners, and our investigation showed that the entire floorpan was held together by the sound deadener and carpet (Indiana DOT salts the roads like Norwegians salt their fish).
    I suspect Mr. Paull was either cursed by God or is just a bitter Asian auto hater (strangely, we still suffer those); I dated a "rich" sorority girl who’s parents sent her to school with a 2nd gen Prelude, that little car rocked; Rod’s Accord was, and still is legendary- no matter what the weather, or how long it sat, it ALWAYS started and got us home, and 290k is farther than the moon, donchakno. And the pale, primrose yellow was quite complementary to the allover body rust (see parentheses above), after hard rains the body often took the appearance of Liberian or Panamanian registered tramp freighters, with the streaks of fresh rust and pockmarks randomly distributed over the body- yet it always ran. Always.
    I can’t find it in myself or my history to knock Honda automobiles from the early days (CCVC, anyone?), because they simply worked.
    Chevy Citation, anyone?

    • Ryan…. not so fast knocking the ole Chevy Citations. Late one night back in the late 80’s after hosting a small dinner party at my home I got a crazy urge to look at my local paper’s classified ads for cars sales (yup, newspapers were still around). At about 9pm (still under the influence of dinner wine) and too dark outside, I went to look at an advertised 1982 4dr, 4 cyl Citation for $1,200 bucks. I bought the thing. Next morning woke up to look at the damage I had done to my wallet. After getting a better look at the Citation in the light of day I discovered it was a former Hertz rental car. However, other than needing a good detailing, a set of new tires and a new A/C compressor the little Citation turned out to be one of the best little cars I’ve owned. It was the basic automatic, power steering, power brakes economy car. Fortunately, I worked in the Engineering Dept. of a large shopping center where the Chief Engineer had stocked plenty of R12 Freon. After picking up a rebuilt A/C compressor at my local Pep Boys the Chief Engineer gave me pointers (and a set of gauges) on how to change out the old compressor for the new one. My little Citation proved to be the perfect getaway car for my weekend trips to Palm Springs from Santa Monica, CA. The Citation was great on gas and with the new A/C compressor I could freeze myself even in the heat of Palm Springs. Its 2019 and I wouldn’t mind having another Citation now…. if one could be found. Like any car that comes down an assembly line, some end up being lemons and a lot end up being dam good cars…. if they are taking care of properly.

  6. Man for 3 grand that would have been amazing when I was younger and without money. My first car was a 87 rust bucket Buick Somerset. Spent $1100 for it and it lasted me a year before the transmission went.

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