Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Collection Japanese Classics from Matt

This collection of cars comes from Matt C who writes: You've done them for vans and land yachts of this period - here's a round up of Japanese econoboxes from the late '70s and early '80s, many in better shape than these have any right to be.  What could be better than a collection of Japanese econoboxes on a Thursday afternoon?

Today's quartet of quintessential Japanese econoboxes comes from the Atlanta area craigslist and is evenly balanced with two Hondas and two just needs a Subaru, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Mazda to be complete [ed CFlo: hey Vince, don't forget everyone's favorite car-building truck company... Isuzu!!1!]

First up is this 1976 Toyota Celica offered for $6,000.  The seller claims that it is "in great shape" (reminds me of the old comedian line: I am in shape...round is a shape) and "runs good."  It features a manual transmission and claimed one owner means it probably comes with an interesting story.

If hatchbacks are your thing, this 1977 Toyota Corolla SR5 Liftback offered for $3,000 seems to be a decent deal.  The car has been in the South its entire life, but it does have a few spots of surface rust and will need a battery and/or starter soon.  Otherwise, it is said to run/drive well.

Moving into the 80s, we've got this 1981 Honda Civic with 4-speed manual offered for $5,500. According to the seller, it has been repainted, all seats reupholstered, new carpet, new battery, new tires, complete tune-up, freshly rebuilt carburator, etc. all within the last year. If the paint is a quality job (and not from a 24 hr spray 'n' pray) this could be a nice car to drive around for a few years and you shouldn't lose any money when you sell it.

Lastly is this 1981 Honda Accord LX (with a sweet set of rear window louvers), offered for $2,750.  It features a 5-speed manual gearbox, nice carpet, new seat covers, and a strong engine, but it could use a new paint job -- or you could just drive it around like a survivor.

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  1. I was trying to find a representative from Mazda on the Atlanta CL, but nothing... Must have all gone to the crusher. Closer to my home best I could do is this 1986 323 for $375.


    A GLC would have been better but I couldn't find one for sale anywhere...

  2. I am amazed that these are all standards. I thought only automatics survived that long, in that condition. Great searching!

  3. Well searched, G. That Celica must come with a small person in the back to make mini-Mustang rumbling noises at that price. Brrrrrrummmm, brum, brum, brum....

  4. Just found this little gem for $400!
    BTW did you guys see the free Miata I posted from CL?

    1. My '91 Miata was stolen 2 days ago in Ventura, CA. It's silver with a black top. I hope I get it back in one piece. Any help tracking it down would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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