Well Cared For: 1981 Honda Accord LX

  • March 05, 2020
Why We Like It

The first generation of the Honda Accord was introduced in 1976 and has since become one of the breadwinners for the brand, with sales figures in the US-market just under the Toyota Camry and Honda Civic each year. Honda named the car Accord because they wanted “harmony between people, society, and the automobile”, and considering they sell around 300,000 units a year in the US it indeed seems to be the people’s car. This hatchback example represents the last year of the first generation and appears to have been amazingly preserved by the original owner before being purchased by the seller in the fall of 2019.

The Hampstead Green Metallic paint (BG11M) shows no signs of wear in the photos, which makes us think the car was garaged by the “old lady” that owned it from new. The period rear window louvers were likely a dealer-installed option, and just add to the early 80’s vibe of this little hatchback. The seller mentions new Michelin X Radial tires have been added, and they’re mounted on the factory 13” steel wheels. Note the original California blue license plates.

The green interior is a sight to behold. The cloth upholstery appears to have seen little use, with no split seems, tears, or fading apparent. Plastics show no cracking or sun damage, though each type of plastic has aged to a different color of green. The factory cassette radio remains in place, and we love the revolving cylinder clock in the dash. The ash tray integrated into the back of the passenger seat is an interesting feature as well.

There are no photos of the 1.8L EK1 inline-four, but we assume it’s as clean as the rest of the car. The 12-valve CVCC equipped engine is mated to a 5-speed manual. The seller notes that the original owner passed along every record from new including detailed notes of every adjustment. The speedometer shows just over 17k miles, and while we first assumed it had rolled over once, upon further inspection of the interior wear and the pedal pads we think this could be the actual mileage. If the mileage is in fact 17k then we think the seller’s asking price isn’t out of line, but if it’s 117k then we’d negotiate a lower price.

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