This 1981 Honda Accord Is Unbelievably Pristine

Photo: eBay

By what grace of god this 1981 Honda Accord was left unscathed over the past 37 years I do not know, but please take in how utterly immaculate it is, up for sale now with a scant 6,000 miles on the clock.


My buddy had a 1981 Honda Accord hatchback not unlike this one when we were both in high school. His was robin’s egg blue, not this greener turquoise, but otherwise the cars were the same, manual transmission and all.

We drove the hell out of that car.

I mean, it’s not like we abused it. We didn’t jump it or anything. We just drove it hard, day in and day out, often loaded up with I think a record of seven people inside. Maybe it was eight.

In any case, that car was used the hell up, periodically having to get pushed into the shop and generally wearing itself down out of highway use. We were living in Northern California, just about the only place left where old Japanese cars like this were still on the road, and even then my buddy’s Accord was a rare sight.


So it’s incredible that this one on eBay is in the condition it’s in. And it’s not some wild restoration. This thing has just been preserved, as the listing states:

This is a rare chance to own an immaculate 37-year-old Japanese collectible with 6,000 original miles! This 1981 Honda Accord LX has been garage-kept for decades - it is all original, rust-free, unrestored, and was one of the last Accords to be manufactured in Japan before Honda started making them in the US in 1982. You will not see many more of these collectibles in this pristine of a condition in the coming years.


Anyone who gazes at or sits inside this 1981 Honda Accord feels as if they’ve been thrown back nearly four decades into a time when imported cars started making their initial appearances in the USA. Take this chance to own one of those cars in pristine condition.


The car does have a few minute dents and scratches, but that shows that it has been used, you know, as a car, not some bizarre time capsule and nothing else.


Bidding starts at $10,000. That’s insane, but so is this car.


(Hat tip to Luke!)


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