Honda Civic Mk1 (1973 – 1979) Review

Honda Civic Mk1 (1973 – 1979) At A Glance


+Nippy, smooth drivetrain, fantastic economy, reliability

-Bouncy ride, cramped, extensive corrosion problems

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.