Honda Civic 1.6i-16
- Mileage: 17,134
- Year: 1991
- MOT Expiry: March 2021
- Exterior Colour: Metallic Silver
- Interior Colour: Grey Velour
- Top speed: 124
- 0-60mph: 7.5
- BHP: 128
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1590cc
- Engine Configuration: Inline 4
The fourth-generation Civic appeared in 1987 with a heavy redesign that included smooth, clean styling and an attractively low waistline. Every variant of the new Civic was equipped with a double-wishbone front suspension – sophisticated stuff even today, particularly for an economy car – and an independent rear suspension. Body styles included the hatchback, saloon, estate, and also the CRX coupe, all sporting a raft of four-cylinder engine options. A year after the standard model's launch, the Civic Si (Sport Injection) hatchback appeared, building on the Si format first applied to the previous Civic generation starting in 1986, which followed the semi-Si 1985 Civic S.
Just as before, the Si was distinguished from lesser Civics by way of fuel injection. The Si came with Honda's carryover D-series SOHC 1.6-litre four-pot producing 108hp, channelled to the front wheels by way of a five-speed manual gearbox. Standard equipment was generous for the time and included a tachometer, sunroof, front and rear anti-roll bars, sports seats, colour-coded bumpers, and 14-inch steel wheels. There was no power steering and no automatic transmission available (except in Canada). Additional options included air conditioning, front fog lights, and alloy wheels. In other markets such as Europe, more powerful D16A7 and D16A9 engines were used instead. One such example was the UK the 1.6i-16 – as featured here – which boasted a 1.6-litre 16v DOHC engine (D16A9) producing 130hp.
Metallic Silver paintwork, Grey velour sports seats, Alloy wheels, Colour-coded bumpers with red detailing, Electric sunroof with sunblind, Electric windows, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Original cassette radio, Velour overmats, Spare key, Spare wheel.
This has to be one of the finest ED7 Civics available. As ever there’s always the possibility of a lower mileage example somewhere in existence, but it’s impossible to see how the condition of this particular car could be bettered in any way. Aside from only the lightest of front end blemishes the glossy metallic paintwork is extremely well presented; the underside is also notably fresh with no rust issues to report (photos available upon request). The car has been garaged all its life by its one and only keeper and appears to have never seen a wet road. Looking closer, every trim and seal still appears in fantastic order; even finer details such as the rear decals remain in perfect, unblemished condition. A true collector’s piece.
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The timewarp theme continues inside. The immaculate interior space is well appointed with bucketed velour seats, electric windows, and an electric glass sunroof with blind. The seats are almost entirely unworn, the carpets are unmarked, and every item of trim still looks as good as new. The entire cabin appears just as it would have done leaving the factory back in 1991; even the original National cassette player remains in place.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The revvy 16v engine (D16A9) delivers a plentiful 130hp, making this Civic a very capable hot hatch with a power-to-weight ratio rivalling the legendary 1.9 205 GTI. Barely run-in with a mere 17k miles on the clock, the car performs effortlessly on test. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox offering smooth and precise changes. The engine bay is exceptionally clean, and perhaps the freshest we’ve seen of any unrestored car of this era.
The car’s extremely low mileage is fully verified by the most amazing MOT history. Every MOT test certificate from 1995 to 2020 is present in the History File, with the exception of only 2019 when no test was carried out. The last service was carried out by Swansway Honda at 16,758 miles.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This 16v Civic sits on its factory 14-inch alloy wheels in superb original condition. There is some minor age-related marking to report on close inspection but we have left them un-refurbished to preserve their originality. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Pirelli P6000 tyres, each with plenty of tread remaining.
The Civic was registered to its first and only owner in December 1991. It has now driven just 17,134 miles from new and is accompanied by a comprehensive MOT history that fully verifies this exceptionally low mileage. The car has always been garaged to preserve its amazing condition, and it shows.
The History File is complete with almost every MOT certificate from new, the original Honda document pack, owners’ manuals, spare key, and maintenance invoices. The most recent service was carried out by Swansway Honda at 16,758 miles. Since arriving at 4 Star the car has been freshly inspected for the new keeper’s peace of mind; the technicians were particularly impressed with the exceptional condition of the underside. The MOT is valid until March 2021.
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