1979 Honda Civic 1200.

May 8, 2014

1979 Honda Civic 1200 hatchback.
1979 Honda Civic 1200 hatchback.
1979 Honda Civic 1200 hatchback.


Donkey Hoaty said...

How many clowns came out of it?

captaingizmo54 said...

Not T-totally sure, but I know where my beer cans went! Hope they remember to feed
the squirrels that make this car run. Having much laughter here!

Frank said...

I owned one of these in 1986 when I was 18. It was a 1976, Orange in color with a black interior. I loved it! I delivered pizza with it but ultimately beat it too hard and something on the bottom end of the motor went...still miss it. Thanks for bringing this to us!

Aldo K said...

In retrospect, I suppose these first-gen civics look pretty silly. But in the mid-70's Honda was on the cutting edge of automotive innovation, with a sporty, fuel-efficient front-wheel drive vehicle with a transverse mounted engine. This design was influenced by the Mini and, in turn, set the stage for the VW Rabbit/Golf. As a Honda owner/fan, I find it somewhat sad that Honda vehicles are mostly quite conventional now.

Justin said...

This gen of Civic is the definitive econobox.

Wyowanderer said...

Great little car. There isn't enough room on the left side cowl for a brake booster, so Honda mounted it on the right side and used a transverse mounted rod to actuate it-very clever design.

captaingizmo54 said...

Yeah Justin, it set the stage for everything that came after it. As I recall, the CVCC
engine was the first eco-friendly unit ever produced. It always met the US clean air
standard each year without smog controls. It had a lot of pep too. I don't see how
they keep improving it, but they do!

Racingjann27 said...

I had a yellow '78 Civic hatchback in 1984. Black vinyl interior with 4 speed manual and manual choke. used it to take four people camping with all our gear(and beer). It smoked so bad, I was pulled over by the Environment Canada patrol. Had the engine rebuilt in 1985, then the transmission went, so I sold it to a friend who had another '78 to use for parts.