Junkyard Find: 1980 Honda Accord Sedan
In rust-prone regions, first-generation Honda Accords oxidized to oblivion well before the 1980s were finished, but elsewhere they held together for decade after decade. I still see the occasional 1977-1981 Accord when I walk the rows of car graveyards in Colorado and California, though nearly all of those cars are hatchbacks.
Here’s a hard-to-find ’80 Accord sedan in Denver.
It shows some rust, of the slow-motion sort we get here in High Plains Colorado.
Honda went to six-digit odometers on American-market cars for the 1982 model year, but we’ll never know the true total on this 1980 model. The pedal pads and seats don’t show the kind of wear you’ll see on a 300,000-mile car, so chances are this car has 110,662 or 210,662 miles on the clock.
Five-speed manual transmissions still had sufficient cachet in 1980 that it made sense to put boastful emblems like this one on cars so equipped.
The 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine seen here made 72 horsepower and had the still-somewhat-revolutionary CVCC system in place. No catalytic converter needed, although you were still supposed to run unleaded gas in this car.
The vacuum-hose diagram looked intimidating by 1980 standards, but CVCC-equipped Hondas of five years later had the terrifying “Map of the Universe” diagrams, required as emission-control laws became stricter during the decade. Electronic fuel injection did away with the need for CVCC long before the end of the 1980s.
Americans loved the early Accord hatchbacks so much that we can forget the sedans even existed. This car might have been a runner when it arrived in this place, but few want to buy a beat-up 40-year-old Accord when 25-year-old Accords sell for about the same price.
I’ll bet this car still had 20 years to go when this sticker went on the rear glass.
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