1989 Honda CRX 1.6i 16v DOHC (2nd gen)


  • 102,594 miles from new
  • Just 3 owners
  • Excellent service history
  • Recent ‘windows out’ respray
  • MOT to November 2023

The Appeal

With its revvy little powertrains, low weight and surprisingly spacious layout, the CRX is something of a hidden gem in Honda’s modern history. This handsome little car provides superb handling and sparkling performance, all wrapped up in a charming and well-proportioned coupé shape.

This particular example is a British car that benefits from the DOHC, 16-valve ‘D16A9’ engine. Having been treated to a comprehensive respray in its factory shade of Polar White just last year, it presents in excellent overall condition, with no modifications – which is highly unusual for these cars.

If you fancy putting a fun, increasingly rare and much-loved modern classic on your driveway, there’s not many better options than this.

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The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in October 1989
  • 102,594 miles from new, verified by service and MOT records
  • Just three owners from new, the first had the car for 23 years
  • Current owner since December 2022
  • Excellent Honda service history, with a recent service in November 2022, which included a full Honda health check
  • Full ‘windows out’ respray in the original factory colour in 2021
  • MOT to November 2023
  • Complete with the owner’s handbook, service books and two keys
  • Extensive history file with numerous invoices for servicing and maintenance

The Interior

  • Period grey fabric front sports seats, with smart striped centre inserts and ‘CRX’ embossing to the back-rests
  • The front seats are in very good overall condition, with a some wear and a couple of small tears showing on the driver’s seat
  • The rear bench is trimmed in black vinyl and appears to be in excellent condition
  • Grey carpets and black floor mats present well, with no notable wear or damage
  • Electric windows, door mirrors and factory fitted metal sunroof
  • Original Blaupunkt radio/cassette player, with discrete Bluetooth upgrade which does not affect the aesthetic
  • All of the trim and switchgear looks to be in good order, with some light wear and blemishing commensurate with the car’s age
  • We noted a little sagging to the sun shields and the headlining of the sunroof
  • At the back, the boot space is in good order, with an undamaged parcel shelf, spacesaver spare wheel and jack
  • We’re assured by the vendor that everything works well, with no issues or faults reported

The Exterior

  • Handsome Polar White paintwork, which benefited from a ‘windows out’ respray in 2021
  • During the respray, the rear wings were also replaced and a new fibreglass/composite sunroof panel was sourced from Japan and fitted
  • Overall, the paint shows in very fine order, with no major marks or blemishes we could discern
  • The bodywork all looks nice and straight, with no corrosion or damage we could see, and even, consistent panel gaps
  • All of the glass and other external trim elements appear to be in excellent condition, with only very minor blemishes present
  • The factory 14-inch alloy wheels were refurbished in August 2021 and present very well, with a smart coat of silver paint and no kerb damage we could identify – they're shod with tyres that appear to have good tread levels
  • The underside looks clean and neat, with no obvious damage or corrosion to the sills, floor or fuel tank
  • We noted a little surface corrosion to some of the suspension components, as you may expect, but this looks to be very minor

The Mechanics

  • 1.6-litre (1,598cc) 16-valve, DOHC four-cylinder (D16A9 engine)
  • Five speed manual transmission
  • The engine bay looks neat and clean, with just a little surface corrosion to some components
  • We’re told that new OEM brakes have been recently fitted all round
  • The vendor also tells us that the cambelt and water pump have been replaced this year
  • No faults of mechanical issues are reported by the vendor, and they tell us that the car runs very well


This delightful little sports coupé is presented in very good order, with a recent respray and a superb history file detailing years of fastidious care. We think it’s an absolute cracker, and we’re sure its next owner will be over the moon with their purchase.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make Honda
  • Model CRX
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 102,594 Miles
  • Engine size 1598
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Wolverhampton
  • Location West Midlands
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
22 bids
  • am•••• £7,200 30/03/23
  • am•••• £7,100 30/03/23
  • ol•••• £7,000 30/03/23
  • am•••• £6,900 30/03/23
  • ol•••• £6,800 30/03/23
  • il•••• £6,300 30/03/23
  • ol•••• £6,200 30/03/23
  • hu•••• £5,800 30/03/23
  • ol•••• £5,600 30/03/23
  • se•••• £5,200 30/03/23

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