1987 Honda Civic Automatic


  • One owner from new
  • 34,557 miles
  • Four speed Automatic gearbox
  • Always garaged and in great condition

The Appeal

It’s always a pleasure to describe a car that has a completely documented history from the day it was purchased, and this Honda is a good example.  Purchased new in October 1987 from J Sheppard & Sons, a Honda main dealer in Hove, Sussex it has spent its entire life in Shoreham on Sea just a few miles away.  It was bought for use by the purchaser’s wife as they also owned another Honda that he used for longer journeys.  The Civic has covered an average of 1,000 a year from new, mainly for local journeys and has always been garaged which explains its well preserved state.

Known for their reliability the Civic is becoming a bit of a cult car with good examples being a rare find. This one, with its automatic gearbox, is even rarer, and we think you’d struggle to find one anywhere near this condition.

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History and Paperwork

  • V5c in name of original owner
  • Charming handwritten note dated 2nd August 2022 from the wife of the original owner that verifies the history of the car.
  • Original Honda Owner’s and Warranty Cards
  • Original sales invoice from purchase in 1987
  • Service book with 6 stamps
  • Plenty of invoices for servicing/parts
  • Owner’s manual
  • Guide for the Laserline Alarm system
  • Two original Honda Civic sales brochures
  • Two keys

The Interior

  • Perfect light grey patterned cloth seats
  • Clean dark grey carpets
  • Optional rear seatbelts

Open the door of the Civic and you are greeted by an almost entirely original and amazingly well preserved interior. The cloth seats show no wear or damage of any kind.  The rear seats look like they have never been used, despite having been equipped with optional seatbelts when new.  The carpets are also in excellent condition with very little wear and no damage. Looking at the dash area nothing has been altered, and all the various controls operated perfectly.  The odometer shows just 34,557 miles which we know to be absolutely genuine.  The door cards are clean and untouched, although we think that the window winder handles may not be the originals, they are period correct.

There is a Sony radio/cassette (with removable front) mounted in the dash which operates as it should. Moving to the boot area the hinged glass hatch opens easily (and stays open) and the clean rear shelf folds back to access the boot space below.  The grey boot carpet is clean with no stains.  Beneath the carpet is a hardboard cover for the spare wheel and tools that are all present and mounted correctly.  There is no evidence of any damp and the paint is all factory fresh.

Overall the inside of the Civic shows merely the lightest wear, and is as close to new as you could hope to find.

The Exterior 

  • Smart silver paint
  • Straight panels with no dents or stone chips
  • 13” steel wheels with Honda caps and good Avon tyres

A walk round the Civic doesn’t take long!  We forget how much larger cars have become in the past 25 years. Study the paintwork closely and you will find a few places that give away the age, but nothing major. On the driver’s side rear corner, just above the indicator you will spot some minor bubbling in the paint but that’s about it for paint damage.  The sides of the Civic are remarkably free of dings and dents and remain straight and flat. There are few stone chips, as legacy of short local journeys.  As with all cars of the era that had grey or black plastic bumpers there is some age related fading, which also particularly noticeable in the rear light panel around the CIVIC script.

At the front the bumpers have minor scuff damage on both corners, and there are some marks long the plastic side protection mouldings (which incidentally were a factory option). These are just very minor cosmetic imperfections that with a typical trim dressing product applied would hardly be seen from normal viewing distance. 

The glass is all intact with no chips to the screen and original security etching to the side glass. The wheels are basic 13 inch steels with Honda logo centre caps, all in good undamaged condition and the tyres are a lightly worn set of Avon Turbosport CR22s.

All in all the Civic is as original as could be, with just light age related wear.

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The Mechanics 

  • Regular servicing
  • Original and tidy under the bonnet
  • Impressively fresh and solid underside
  • Adjusted to run on unleaded fuel at racing legend John Cooper Honda Garage in Ferring,, West Sussex in 1988

Reading the charming handwritten note from the original owner’s wife tells us that the Civic was a treasured possession, carefully maintained and always garaged. This explains the well preserved condition, and along with the exceptionally low mileage, and regular visits to the original dealer and John Cooper garages for servicing, we can be pretty sure that the Civic will prove to be a reliable proposition.  Known for their reliability in period these Hondas came from a time where if you wanted trouble free motoring, you bought from Japan!

Looking at the underside there is merely a light dusting of oxidisation on the running gear that gives away the age.  The floor is flat and solid with a good covering of factory applied underseal.


This Civic deserves to go to someone who will appreciate the well preserved condition. perhaps it should be part of a collection of low mileage rarities? We think this is a real gem, and we hope that its new owner will carry on giving it the care and attention it has always had.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1987
  • Make Honda
  • Model Civic
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 34,557 Miles
  • Engine size 1342
  • Town Shoreham-by-Sea
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
13 bids from 8 bidders
  • scott-c•••• £4,600 06/09/22
  • scott-c•••• £4,500 06/09/22
  • suzanne•••• £4,200 06/09/22
  • gx6love•••• £4,100 06/09/22
  • steve-f•••• £4,000 06/09/22
  • scott-c•••• £3,900 05/09/22
  • suzanne•••• £3,600 04/09/22
  • scott-c•••• £3,400 04/09/22
  • kyle-ha•••• £2,900 04/09/22
  • suzanne•••• £2,800 02/09/22

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