Thursday, December 10, 2015

Couldn't Really eXplain: 1990 Honda CRX

The CRX was a 2-seat lightweight sports coupe based on Honda's popular Civic platform, and finding an unmodified example is as hard as finding someone without a tattoo at a Kid Rock concert.  So if you find one that ONLY has a JDM engine swap and is riding on stock wheels at stock's an accomplishment of some kind...sort of like finding someone who only has a dragon tattoo on his/her back.  Find this 1990 Honda CRX offered for $3,500 in Leominster (LEM-ən-stər), MA via craigslist. Tip from Jdah.

The 2nd generation CRX continued the same formula of light weight and small engines that delivered physics defying fuel economy numbers -- particularly the HF version with the 8-valve D-series engine that would return 50mpg if you went easy with it.  But the CRX was no Prius-style penalty box, because its short wheelbase, snappy shifter, and balanced steering made if fun on the backroads.

This might not be the perfect all-original & stock CRX you were looking for, but it appears mostly stock from the outside, only a peek under the hood reveals a few JDM touches.  The red thing with the pipes is identified by the seller as a B16, which should translate to a 1.6 liter DOHC setup with VTEC that pushes out a healthy 150 horsepower when new. 

See another red late model for cheap?


  1. Is the duct-tape on the Hot Air Intake a JDM thing as well?

    1. Duct tape for when the VTEC kicks in, yo.

  2. So, theoretically, if one were trying to introduce a JDM motor never sold in the US into a US-market vehicle as a daily-driver, and one lived in the Disneyland State, would you:

    a) try to make it look as much like a US-market engine as possible, including all externally-evident emission control componentry like EGR, vacuum control valves, etc?

    b) shop the internet for blackmail photos of Jerry Brown and/or his staff or others in the California state smog bureauracy?

    Just asking...


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