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Honda Civic Heaven..

Is this the last Honda Civic we will see?

For more than 40 years, the Honda Civic has been a popular car among drivers from around the world due to its reliability, affordability and features. There has been a lot of different models from four-door saloons to three door hatchbacks, cheap runabouts and loved performance cars. To celebrate this, we have decided to write an article on the complete history of the Honda Civic and how it become such a motoring icon. Before the Civic, things like front-wheel drive, reliability and performance just didn’t go together.

The Civic showed the world that front-wheel drive cars could be fun and that Japanese cars weren’t just reliable, fuel-efficient cheap runabouts. The Civic has completely changed over the years and with well over 20 million units sold, it is one of the most popular cars of all time. It is one of the longest running nameplates in automotive history and shows no signs of slowing down.

Honda in the 1960’s was vastly different to what it is today. The company was well known for its motorcycles, but many of its cars received lukewarm reception and competition was fierce. Honda even considered pulling out of the car market in the early 1970s, but the launch of the Civic in 1972 changed all of that. Thanks to the Civic’s reliability, low price and fuel economy in an era of rising fuel prices, it was an instant success. Honda’s CVCC technology helped make the car affordable and it did not need an expensive catalytic converter to meet 1970s and early 80s emissions standards.

The CRX Si, which was introduced in 1985 was the real powerhouse of the fleet. It came with a 91 horsepower, 1.5-litre engine and Honda kept the weight to a minimum by using parts like plastic bumpers. The powerful engine combined with a lightweight body meant that the Si was the fastest Civic yet. It could hit 60mph in under 9 seconds and was a corner monster thanks to its 185/60R14 high-performance tyres.For those looking for savings at the pump, Honda introduced a high fuel economy CRX that replaced the 1.3-litre CRX. The CRX HF was fitted with an eight-valve version of the 1.5-litre engine and could reach gas mileage as good as many hybrid vehicles that appeared two decades later.

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Honda Integra Type R

The first Type R in the UK; Japan got it three years earlier, with different lights. Its 1.8-litre VTEC engine found 30bhp on top of the donor Civic VTi’s 167. It used all Honda’s weight-skimming tricks, but gained huge brakes, extra bracing and a limited-slip diff.

The EP3 Civic Type R.

A huge hit at the time, my favourite, and still a joy to drive today, the EP3 took the three-door version of the van-styled Swindon-built Civic and gave it the full Type R treatment. A 2.0-litre VTEC engine that revved to 8000rpm, with the variable valve timing sending it bananas north of 6000rpm. Very easy to tune and easily achieve 240bhp.

FD2 and FN2 Civic Type R

The FD2 Civic was striking rather than beautiful. And the Type R tweaks emphasised its muscularity at the expense of any lingering elegance: lowered suspension, open-mouthed bodykit, blindspot-creating rear wing. But mechanically this was the most refined Civic Type R to date.

Honda Accord Type R

Based on the British-built sixth-gen Accord saloon, this was the car that showed Honda had grasped that the essence of Type R was taking an ordinary car and making it extraordinary, without sacrificing much of the everyday practicality. The 2.2-litre four revved to 8000rpm, made 209bhp and had a limited-slip diff. It drove like a big hot hatch and had the option of a daft spoiler. It is now on the edge of being a classic collectors car.

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As you can imagine, here at Sell My Cars our team has handled a huge number of different cars and motorcycles over the years and a big part of our job is to advise clients on how best to sell their vehicle and the aspects that affect the chances of a successful sale being achieved.

We are offered cars on almost a daily basis, a large number of which, I am sad to say, we have to turn down. This isn’t because we are horrible car dealers who enjoy saying ‘No’ all the time but simply because the car or the owners expectations don’t meet our criteria. So what is our criteria? There isn’t an exact science to it as every single car is different in so many ways but we can boil it down to three categories that are important to get right: Price, Condition and Provenance.

Arriving at the right and, more importantly, fair price is the key to selling any car or motorcycle, be it a Austin Mini Cooper or Ferrari 348. As simple as this may seem, it can often be the biggest thing that private sellers and even some dealers get wrong when it comes to pricing classics. When we are offered cars and motorcycles we do an extensive amount of research looking at other cars on the market, recent and historical auction results and most importantly, using the extensive knowledge of our team and contacts to establish what the vehicle should really be selling for, be they on the market or a private sale. We boil each car down to its salient points, good and bad and then deduce where it fits in the price range of the market. It is very easy for any owner to believe that their car is the best example of its kind and therefore ask the top price but we have to take the emotion out of it and look at the facts.

What people are asking for and what these motor vehicles are really selling for can be two very different things and it takes a lot of time and research to deduce exactly where a specific car fits best.

Another thing often forgotten is that the profit we might make selling a part exchange probably represents a large proportion of the profit on the deal in which we originally took the part exchange. The same can be said of trade prices. If you ask a dealer to bid on your car, it may offer you an almost immediate sale of your car with zero hassle and no come back, as a result the price offered must reflect this. Whilst we always endeavour to be as fair as possible, just go on a certain website that offers to buy any car and you’ll see what I mean.

Having said all of the above, the old adage ‘A car is worth what someone is willing to pay for it’ does still ring true, therefore, we always encourage prospective buyers to make offers and we can present them to the seller. Here at Sell My Cars, vintage and high-performance cars and motorcycles are our passion and with many years of combined experience and specialists with industry-leading knowledge we are best-placed to value fairly for both buyers and sellers.

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