Once a vehicle turns 25 years old, it can lawfully be imported to the United States on a permanent basis even if it was not originally manufactured to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. In the automotive collector community, this is commonly referred to as the “25 Year Rule.”
Luckily for us, that means some unique vehicles that were originally sold exclusively in overseas world markets in the late 1990s are starting to come stateside. This is one example:
On the surface, this Odyssey looks like nothing spectacular. It appears to be nothing more than a clean example of Honda’s first minivan, which was based on the Accord platform and leveraged a wishbone-style suspension, an inline-four powerplant, and a four-speed automatic transmission. A unique aspect of this minivan (in all markets) was that it had traditional swing-out rear doors rather than sliding doors.
One thing U.S. market first-generation Odysseys didn’t get was all-wheel drive. That’s where today’s feature vehicle comes into play. The listing states, “The many options this Odyssey has are all-wheel drive, roof rack rails, a rear decklid mirror, a retractable corner marker pole,” and so on.
Moving to the interior of the vehicle, a dead-giveaway that this Odyssey came from another market is the right-hand drive layout. Cloth seating is provided for 7 occupants, and this van features climate control functions for both front and rear passengers as a bonus.
Showing only 20,959 original miles, this Odyssey is still just a baby. Even so, it’s 27 years old, and any vehicle that old deserves a mild refresh. The selling dealer states that recent services included replacement of the oil, transmission fluid, air filter, coolant, battery, air conditioning refrigerant, alternator, and brakes. “Fully serviced and ready to go!” the listing states.
The last bit of good news is that despite being a Japanese imported vehicle, this gen one Odyssey has been legalized in the United States and now carries a clear Tennessee title.
The selling dealer’s asking price is $19,000. It’s a JDM import that’s versatile enough to get approval from the whole family. A 21-minute walkaround video has been included with the listing.