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1977 HONDA CIVIC CVCC Chassis no. SG-E3532853 Engine no. ED3-3903781

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Chassis no. SG-E3532853
Engine no. ED3-3903781

1,488cc SOHC CVCC 4-Cylinder Engine
Single 3-bbl Keihin Carburetor
53hp at 5,000rpm
5-Speed Manual
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
Front Disc - Rear Drum Brakes

*Game-changing CVCC engine
*Desirable 5-speed transmission
*Known history from new
*In original owner's possession for 30+ years
*Oozing with charm
*Kept in dry desert climate


The Civic has become synonymous with the Honda brand and is widely regarded as the car that paved the way to success for the corporation in America. In 1970, the US Clean Air Act of 1963 was amended, mandating that automakers cut carbon monoxide by nearly 100%. Instead of somehow trying to make their pre-existing engines meet the new standards, Honda went ahead and designed an entirely new Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion engine, also known as the CVCC. Thus, the Civic was able to meet Clean Air standards without the use of a catalytic converter, which allowed Civic owners to use leaded, unleaded, or low-lead fuel. This was a tremendous selling point at that time and a testimony to Honda's engineering prowess.


This charming little Civic was manufactured in July of 1977 at Honda's Suzuka factory in Japan, and was delivered new to Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 17th of that same year. Delivered in the delightful combination of Caroline Yellow over a black/houndstooth cloth interior, the car also boasted the ultra-desirable CVCC engine mated to a 5-speed transmission. The selling dealer outfitted the car with custom pin-striping, front bumper over-ride and a roof-mounted luggage rack. The car would remain with its original owner in the high desert city of Pueblo Colorado until his passing in 2010.

The car was soon after acquired by a dealer, who replaced the worn, factory houndstooth fabric seat inserts with a new material similar to the original pattern. In 2012, the current owner purchased the Civic for his eclectic collection. Accompanying the sale of this vehicle is the original owner's manual, factory service manual, as well as the jack and tools.

With the exception of the new seat inserts and a few mechanical bits that have been replaced over the years, this car is believed to be totally original. The beautiful patina of this Civic only adds to its wonderfully charismatic personality. Although it used to be common to see these first-generation cars everywhere, sightings these days are quite rare. Original examples like this one are precious and nostalgic, and can now be considered to be part of automotive history.


Please note this car is titled by chassis no. SGE3532835

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