Painfully Clean 1980 Civic Not Rescued By Honda Restorers, Faces Crusher

While some vintage Japanese machinery gets preserved and/or restored these days, the early Civic seems to be getting the cold shoulder. When such a car gets sick, the next stop is usually the glue factory.

Someday, of course, that will change; no doubt there are present-day 7-year-olds who will read this post several decades hence and slap their foreheads in anguish: "Those fools! Why, that instrument cluster alone would fetch 47,000 Thorium Credits on the Mars Colony!"

What we've got here is a 1980 Civic that I spotted in an East Bay self-service junkyard a couple weeks back; a good example of the first-year second-generation Civic. The body is pretty straight (though somewhat disfigured by a quarter-inch-thick $39.95 paint job), but it's the interior that really got my attention. The door panels, instruments, all that stuff that's hardest to find in good original condition- all in great shape. Even the front seats were more or less intact, which you don't often see in a junked 29-year-old car. Someone had grabbed the steering column and wheel, but I suspect that everything else will be ground up and digested by The Crusher in the very near future.

Painfully Clean 1980 Civic Not Rescued By Honda Restorers, Faces Crusher

Painfully Clean 1980 Civic Not Rescued By Honda Restorers, Faces Crusher

Painfully Clean 1980 Civic Not Rescued By Honda Restorers, Faces Crusher

Painfully Clean 1980 Civic Not Rescued By Honda Restorers, Faces Crusher

Painfully Clean 1980 Civic Not Rescued By Honda Restorers, Faces Crusher

Painfully Clean 1980 Civic Not Rescued By Honda Restorers, Faces Crusher

Painfully Clean 1980 Civic Not Rescued By Honda Restorers, Faces Crusher

Painfully Clean 1980 Civic Not Rescued By Honda Restorers, Faces Crusher