Someone Made a Limo Out of a Mid '80s Honda Accord and I Have So Many Questions

All photos from Craigslist
All photos from Craigslist

Limousines are usually stretched versions of luxury cars or they’re silly cars that were stretched as a joke. But then there’s this car: a 1980s Honda Accord, which is oddly stuck in neither category: it was never luxurious enough to be a real limo, and it wasn’t really absurd enough to be a joke. It really makes no sense.

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Sent to me by a reader named Alex, this 1984 Honda Accord Limousine is for sale in California for a scant $1,000. That seems dirt cheap when you consider this:

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Look at that cushy sofa flanked by wood organizers! Sure, the window separating the driver from the rear cabin appears to be drooping a bit, but that’s not important when you consider the sweet cathode ray tube television! A closer look at that amazing antiquated electronic:

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And since we’re taking closer looks at things, check out the little drawers below the admittedly disgusting-looking bench, along with the beautifully integrated vents!:

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Off to the side, there’s a radio and a pair of whisky glasses sitting in a custom polycarbonate holder:

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It gets better:

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Look at that old-school corded phone!

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The seller says the car—which apparently ran as of last year—was “professionally built,” and that there’s been “over 20k invested.” I’m assuming all that cash was spent many years ago.

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To whomever spent those Benjamins, I must ask: Why start with something as spartan and small as an Accord? Was this an attempt to get a fuel efficient limo? Why copy a Cadillac or Lincoln’s vinyl top look and that little wing on the trunk lid when you could just buy a Lincoln or Caddy?

Seriously, if this thing wasn’t built recently as a joke, but actually sometime in the ‘80s, then consider me baffled by this thing’s existence.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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In all seriousness though, what Civic minded individual did this on their own Accord? What was the Prelude to this? There has to be another Element in here somewhere. I simply cannot understand why someone would undertake this Odyssey. I think their brain went on auto Pilot.