The vendor of at present’s Nice Price or No Dice Accord wagon claims to have purchased the impressively clear automobile from the unique proprietor’s property and describes it as being in ‘MINT condition.’ Let’s see if it prices a mint to purchase.
As is commonly the case round right here, the modifications made to yesterday’s 1969 Lotus Europa proved its undoing. At $14,969, there was simply an excessive amount of amiss, which resulted in a 60 p.c No Dice loss, our first of the brand new 12 months.
When Honda launched the small and environment friendly Civic to the U.S. market in 1972, on the onset of the primary power disaster, consumers and opponents alike took discover. When the corporate adopted that up with the bigger and better-equipped Accord in 1976, everyone practically misplaced their minds. The reputation of the Accord noticed it develop into one of many first Japanese imports for which consumers must pay onerous supplier mark-ups and sometimes be pressured to make their shopping for resolution with out a lot as a check drive.
By the time of at present’s 1993 Honda Accord LX wagon’s arrival, issues had calmed down appreciably, with manufacturing expanded to fulfill the mannequin’s rabid demand with the opening of the Marysville, Ohio plant and a rejiggering of the bodystyles supplied that noticed the unique hatchback type changed by a wagon.
By then, the Accord had established a popularity not simply as a strong, reliable automobile however one which was modestly upscale and undeniably aspirational, one thing that Honda actively engendered, positioning the mannequin as a stepping stone to the corporate’s then-new Acura model.
Despite its when-new reputation, it’s uncommonly uncommon to see an Accord of this period in as good of situation as this one nowadays. This wagon sports activities 120,000 miles, most of which have been apparently racked up by its long-term proprietor in between bouts of obsessive upkeep documentation.
According to the current proprietor, the automobile had lived most of its life within the mid-coastal space of California and outlived its second proprietor, having been handed on by means of an property sale. Offered by that current proprietor now, it’ll include a half-inch stack of service data, each supplier and manufacturing facility paperwork, and even the cabin supply tags that specify easy methods to function issues like the automated transmission and cruise management.
The automobile itself is in sensible form, with no obvious problem displaying up in its Frost White paint or flat black window trim. The manufacturing facility alloys are likewise unmarred and are wrapped in tires that look as much as the duty.
That time capsule motif continues within the cabin, the place uncommon dealer-optioned leather-based upholstery covers the seats and a manufacturing facility cassette radio holds courtroom within the middle stack. There seems to be no considerable put on right here, not even any carpet fading. Heck, even the load space cowl within the again seems model new.
In 1993, the Accord LX supplied a 125 horsepower 2.2-liter 4 and the selection of a five-speed handbook transmission or an Aisin-sourced four-speed computerized. This automobile has the latter, and a shot beneath the automobile exhibits the automobile to haven’t any leaks, cracks, or some other kind of monkey enterprise.
As one would possibly anticipate primarily based on its look, this Accord comes with a clear title, present tags, and an accident-free historical past. The asking value is $17,500, which, remarkably, could be very near the automobile’s unique MSRP of round $16,900. What goes round, comes round, I suppose.
Or does it? This automobile is a little bit of an odd bodkin with regards to discovering an viewers. It’s not likely a basic automobile, because it’s simply not all that particular outdoors of its situation. And but, that situation makes it distinctive and doubtless a catch to somebody searching for a little bit of nostalgia or the chance to verify off a field of an expertise missed. From that perspective, it would simply match the invoice.
What do you suppose? Is this elegant, if not precisely basic, Accord price that $17,500 asking, contemplating how good it seems to be? Or is that value not in accordance with expectations?
San Fernando Valley, California, Craigslist, or go right here if the advert disappears.
H/T to Don R. for the hookup!
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