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Pick of the Day: 4-door 1976 Honda Civic CVCC wagon

Bicentennial-year model reportedly ‘runs like Jimmy Carter in 76’


When you think of the Honda Civic CVCC of the 1960s and ‘70s, you likely recall the fuel-sipping 2-door hatchback that gained fame since its Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion technology met U.S. emission standards, and without needing a catalytic converter to do so.

But there also was a 4-door station wagon version of the Civic CVCC and the Pick of the Day is a 1976 Honda CVCC 4-door being offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private owner in Lake Almanor, California.

The seller said the wagon was purchased in Salt Lake City after being stored in a garage in Montana and has been restored and driven only 76,000 miles since new. 

“Runs like Jimmy Carter in 76,” the seller notes.

“I am hesitant to let this beauty go so soon after purchasing it; however, I am re-relocating back to the Salt Lake valley and I need something more suitable for the winter. 

“This piece of history has been a daily joy to own and it has impressed all who have had the chance to ride in it. I drove it regularly (2 mi) in Salt Lake between work and home. Since then, I have driven it maybe once a week for the last 4 months. I believe it is time for me to let this beauty fall into the hands of another deserving individual preferably a mechanic.”

The seller says the car runs just fine but needs an air filter, clutch release-arm lubrication and clutch adjustment and service.

“I am 20 years old and not a mechanic,” the seller notes, adding that “I have been working with the National Parks for the past 4 months and haven’t found much free time (to tackle the car’s needs). 

“I understand that this car is absolute eye candy… no matter how much I want to enjoy cruising in ‘er every day, I realize the best service I can give to this vehicle is to pass it on to the next lucky fellow. “

In 1976, Honda Civic CVCCs had a 1,488cc 4-cylinder engine rated at 60 horsepower and 76 pound-feet of torque. A 4-speed manual gearbox was standard. 

This one is being offered for $6,480. Note, however, that the advertisement includes only 4 photographs.

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

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
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.


  1. I didn’t even think that Honda had a station wagon model of the Civic in 1976. My wife and I had a new 1981 Civic bone stock model for 5 years that was replaced by a new Accord.


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