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1991 Honda Civic


• Long-term ownership
• Serviced at OE Honda garages
• A cherished example

The Background

Introduced in 1987, the fourth-generation Honda Civic followed the success of its predecessor, being sold around the world thanks to its ‘global’ design, with hatchback, sedan, shuttle (wagon) and commercial van variants all being offered, with engine and trim levels varying according to individual market needs. 

In some European markets, the higher-end models - dubbed ’sporting’ models by Honda - were badged as the 1.6i GT and 1.6i-16 (depending on the market) and were equipped with a 1.6-litre, DOHC engine with 122bhp on tap. The SiR was also sold in Europe under the 1.6i-VT guise, with the now-famous B16A1 engine. 

The History

This particular fourth-generation Civic is a European market, late-production 1.6i-16 that was built during the last year of fourth-generation Civic production, and has lived its entire life in Europe.

Having been a lifelong fan of Hondas, our vendor purchased the car in 1996 after a long and drawn-out search, due to wanting to find the ‘perfect’ car for his requirements, eventually purchasing this particular example from one of his work colleague’s uncles.

As only the second owner of this classic Japanese hatch, the current owner has been meticulous with his care and attention-to-detail in keeping this Civic in top condition, retaining its original specification (other than some aftermarket wheels) and servicing it only at Honda authorised service centres, with all work being carried out by one mechanic who is highly accredited by Honda, and with all services being performed to the OE schedule. 

An original German-market car, this is a very well-equipped example of the humble Civic, which has been further enhanced by a full bodywork and paint restoration in 2019, and as a result presents in absolutely astounding condition throughout, with OEM or OE-quality parts used wherever possible in order to keep it as close to factory as was feasible. 

Kept garaged throughout the majority of its 25-year tenure with our vendor, the time has now come for this well-loved and cherished Civic to find its new home - could it be with you?

The Paperwork

Included with the car are the original service record, numerous invoices for work carried out by Honda, technical inspections dating from 1996 (which also verify the mileage) and other miscellaneous paperwork and documentation.

The Interior

Honda have somewhat of a legendary reputation for their build quality in the 80s and 90s, and the fourth-generation Civic is no exception. Just look at how well this cloth interior has worn - no doubt helped by some lavish attention from the current owner - you’d be forgiven for thinking it had 100,000km or less on the clock, not ticking up to 310,000!

The front seats show only some very light signs of wear, with no deep creases, heavy bolster wear or damage to the covers that we can see, with only a ew light scuffs giving indication of this car’s years of enjoyment.

Similarly, the high-traffic areas such as the steering wheel, shifter and door cards are also in excellent shape, as are the rear seats which show an equally minimal level of wear-and-tear, especially when the car’s age and mileage are taking into account.

The standard radio unit has made way for an upgraded unit with smartphone connectivity, and all systems - including the sunroof - are reportedly in full working order with no known problems or faults.

The Exterior

Extensively overhauled in 2019 including new paintwork, the exterior of this Civic is in fantastic condition throughout, having evidently been cherished throughout its time with the current owner.

As far as we can see, the bodywork is straight throughout with even panel gaps and no scuffs, notable wear or impact damage, and the vendor states the car has never been in an accident, which would explain the excellent condition of the bodywork.

The original steel wheels have been replaced with a set of 15” MOMO items, though the original 14” wheel trims have been retained by the vendor and will be included with the sale of the vehicle. 

All of the trims and badges are present and correct, and we can see no sign of any damage to the light lenses or windows.

The Mechanics

Under the bonnet, the 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated inline-four engine is reportedly in rude mechanical health, driving smoothly and with no untoward behaviours or issues.

The most recent service - as evidenced by the history - was carried out on 24 June 2021.

The engine and its ancillaries present in good condition, with no signs or reports of any oil or fluid leaks, though an afternoon or two with some degreaser and cleaning products would transform the appearance of the engine bay and bring it in-line with the rest of the car’s condition.

According to our vendor, the car drives straight and true, with no noted veering or alignment issues to report, and no issues with the five-speed manual transmission or clutch.

The Appeal

With its legendary reputation for reliability, the fourth-generation Civic has outlasted the majority of its contemporaries in terms of sheer survival, and higher-performance editions such as the 16i and 16i-16 (such as the one we have here) have found favour with European-based enthusiasts for good reason, blending reliability with impressive handling and an analogue driving experience.

This 1991-registered example has been clearly cherished and cosseted throughout its lifetime, and has been in the care of the vendor for the last 25 years, benefitting from regular servicing, OE parts and a full body and paint refresh in 2019.

Defying its age and mileage with apparent ease, this is a true gem of a 90’s hatchback, and would make an excellent unusual daily driver or addition to the collection for any Japanese car enthusiast.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1991
  • Make Honda
  • Model Civic
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 310,000 Kilometers
  • Engine size 1600
  • Location International
  • Country Croatia
Bidding history
2 bids
  • minor_a•••• €700 21/01/22
  ••••• €500 19/01/22

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