Honda won’t build you a wagon edition of their family class Accord any more. One look at today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe old-school edition will make you realize what a shame that is. Maybe this one’s price will make you feel like all is forgiven.
It’s funny that the GTI badge still holds such reverence event today when pretty much all cars on the road, save for the electrics, are fuel injected. Gran Turismo Iniezione or Grand Turning Injection used to denote the exception rather than the rule. Today, the nameplate can still elicit an arched eyebrow of interest when bandied about in conversation, or when spotted on a car like yesterday’s 1989 Peugeot 205 GTI.
That Pug had other elements of visual interest, not least of which was an ostentatious Dimma body kit that made it look like it was perennially awaiting its next rally stage. That audacious appearance, along with the venerated GTI badge and the fact that it was one of the few 205s to make its way to the U.S.A. all conspired to give the car’s $14,995 price tag a handy 76 percent Nice Price win.
Yesterday’s Pug may have represented everything that was wild about the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, but there were many other cars in that era that went about their lives without the need for fanfare or fat fenders. One of those is represented by this 1991 Honda Accord EX.
The Accord first debuted in the mid-1970s, near the end of the era when American cars seemed to b grow in size with tumorous abandon upon each model cycle. For Honda, the Accord was a big car. For American car buyers it proved to be the right-size they never knew they needed. Sensible, subdued, and succinct in its purpose there was never anything flashy about the Accord. That was the Prelude’s job.
This ’91 Wagon proves that formula worked on a longroof as well. Boxy but still elegant, this Hampshire Green Metallic over beige family hauler still looks pretty good as well.
A big part of why that is stems from the car’s condition. Honda’s paint from this era tended not to hold up so well. This one still looks top notch. All the badging is present and the headlamp covers are as clear as 4K. Even the factory alloys, which have a Mercedes feel to them, look unmarred.
The car is claimed to be only one-owner in and comes with both a clear title and a modest 158,000 miles on the clock. The interior looks to be in the same excellent shape as the exterior, and to whomever did the fancy fan pattern when vacuuming out the back, my deepest compliments.
Up front there’s a factory AM/FM/cassette player in the dash, and this being an EX, there’s also power windows and locks, and a moon roof up above. Cloth upholstery appears free of any sign of wear or age.
This model year Accord came with a 130 horsepower 2.2-litre four under the hood. That could be mated with a five-speed manual, but in this wagon’s case it sports Honda’s four-cog automatic. The seller claims that the car “Runs and drives great.” The A/C is said to blow cold and was converted to R134 about three years ago to help it continue to do so.
There’s no shame in mundanity, a quality this Accord expresses in spades. There’s just something reassuring about a car of this era that’s blissfully analog. Add to that this Accord’s capacious wagon format and you may just have yourself a winner. That is, if you can deal with its $3,900 price tag.
That’s a lot to ask for any mass produced car from the ‘90s, but then you’re unlikely to find many of those still kicking around in this kind of shape.
What do you think, is this Accord worth that kind of cash? Or, is this an old school wagon that’s failing Econ 101?
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