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Honda Civic Mk1 (1973 - 1979)

Last updated 25 January 2014

 
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Nippy, smooth drivetrain, fantastic economy, reliability
Bouncy ride, cramped, extensive corrosion problems

Introduction

The Honda Civic was a break-out car for its maker when it was launched in 1973 - it opened up new export markets, and established itself as a pioneering member of the supermini sector. Honda stuck to the N600’s technical package when it came to creating the car, but scaled it up usefully. It was powered by a 1169cc four-cylinder driving the front wheels, and unlike most European rivals, was available in two- and four-door saloon form, as well as three- and five-door hatchback. You could also buy a five-door estate, known as the Van model.

The Civic arrived in the USA just in time to capitalise on the demand for Japanese imports and more economical cars, and became a huge hit Stateside as a result. Sweet running engines and stylish interior stood the Civic apart from the opposition, and paved the way for Honda’s huge success.

 

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