Did you have your orange juice this morning? If not, here’s another chance to get your daily dose of Vitamin C. This juicy 1974 Honda Civic is one sweet pick. It can be found on Craigslist with an asking price of $6,500, the price of approximately 6,000-10,000 oranges, or over 2.5 times what it originally cost. Did any of you think that these cars would be collectible a few decades ago? Coincidentally, this orange Civic is located in Orange County California – Aliso Viejo, to be exact.
Like the Subaru GL from a couple of days ago, is this the nicest all-original Civic on the planet? There are a couple of flaws with the interior, but body-wise, it looks fantastic. And, did I mention that it reportedly has a few ticks over 14,000 miles on it? In 1974, Honda added some bumper real estate to meet US regulations, so maybe a 1973 model would be the way to go, but that’s only if you can find one of those in similar condition, which may be tough to do. There are a couple of underside photos and they show a clean car underneath, too.
Yes, this sweet, bright, beautiful, factory-applied orange paint is 100% original! That alone is amazing, this car must have been stored for decades. You can see that there’s a badge missing on the rear, that’s fairly common, unfortunately. And, how sad of a world is it when it’s “fairly common” for people to steal badges off of other peoples’ vehicles?! I’ve seen anything from “Civic” to “5-Speed” (first available in 1974), to “Hondamatic” badges there, and I’ve also seen it where there are no badge mounting holes. What’s your guess as to what that badge would have said?
There are no overall interior photos, which is unusual with the wealth of other photos provided, but there are a lot of close-up, detail photos. You can see that other than the driver’s seat bottom, things look very, very tidy and clean. The tears on the driver’s seat are hopefully just on the surrounding black vinyl, not the pattern in-fill material. That would be a cheap, easy fix. The backseat looks new as does pretty much everything else. Although, new pedal rubber would be a nice touch. Could there be that much wear on the pedals after only 14,000 miles? This is a 4-speed car, not the optional 5-speed.
This is the lone photo of the 1,238 CC, 1.2L inline-four. This one should have around 53 hp. This is not the famous CVCC engine, but that was an option in 1974. 52-53 hp isn’t a lot but this car only weighs a little over 1,500 pounds! Have you seen a nicer original Civic? I’m not sure if I have.