Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. A few first- and second-gen Civics still roam the island nowadays.

This '80 has the usual NorCal slo-mo body rust around the glass, but the rot won't be life-threatening for another few decades. Thing is, these cars really aren't worth much, so a burned valve or busted transmission might be a ticket straight to The Crusher for this survivor. Let's hope it keeps going until 2nd-generation (1980-83) Civics become collectible.

So far in this series, we've seen a pretty good sampling of the first three generations of the Civic, with this '76 Civic, this '78 Civic, this '79 Civic, this '83 Civic wagon, and this '87 Civic 4WD wagon. Just around the corner from today's car is a good group of DOTS honorees, including the 1977 Honda Accord, the 1966 Mercedes-Benz 200D, and the 1976 Ford Mustang II.

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