Curbside Classic Outtake: Why It's Impossible To Completely Uglify A 1985 Honda Civc CR-X

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
curbside classic outtake why it s impossible to completely uglify a 1985 honda civc

This was supposed to turn out differently; not this CR-X, my week and this post that is. I was going to bookend the week that started out with my rant about the ugly new CR-Z with a CC featuring a pristine gen1 CR-X I had in the can. Poof! That whole folder is gone, along with ten other cars. Ouch. But I had this silver spray-painted CR-X art-car in the making as an Outtake. But you know what? It’s impossible to uglify a CRX that easily. These kids are going to have to work a lot harder before they can obliterate the clean, slick lines of one of the most iconic and loved Hondas ever. So I’m going to spend my afternoon getting a new computer set up and transferring files, and try to remember where I last saw that unblemished CR-X.

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  • DweezilSFV DweezilSFV on Jan 17, 2010

    This is probably the pinnacle of Civic styling in every body style: the taillights are right, the front is "right", profile is just right. The 2nd Gen tried to modify all that by squashing it down in all the correct places for aerodynamics I suppose, but ruined the look. What ? No hand ringing about safety and crash test results? No "death trap" back seat commenting ? I know: some cars you just want to take the so called "risk" with. Again. Still.

  • SilverCoupe SilverCoupe on Jan 17, 2010

    My wife had one of these, a black '85, which she had much fun driving. It was simple, and cheap to run. They were prone to rust though, at least in our part of the country, which led to its ultimate demise. No complaints, though - it had over 100K on it when she bought it, and lasted her another five years or so after that, til she upgraded to a Saab Turbo. I am starting to think that you guys are mining my family history for your posts. In the last couple of weeks, you've covered this one, my dad's '59 Olds Super 88, and two of my personal cars, an '84 Chrysler Laser Turbo and an '89 Toyota Supra Turbo! Keep 'em coming!

  • LYNN DELANEY Mine is a 2001 Pure White Miata. I bought it at Concord Mazda. I love it but Imay be about to get rid of it I guess. It's been in my garage for quite awhile. Why? 1. I don't have a lot of money (I'm a retired teacher) And I've had issues with it that require financing. For example when you insert the key and turn it nothing happens. Why? I got it at Concord Mazda and somehow. it came to my condo shared garage to die and has remained such to this day. If you want to experience it you put the key in the keyhole and turn it but silence ensues and you wonder why but you know it's because the key was "programmed and it worked when you brought it home but not since.I'm told it requires a new battery but I've not had the financial energy to deal with it. I love my Miata but will I keep it? I'm unsure. Next step? Install a new battery...When it came home from Concord Mazda it was perfect for a quick minute. I tested it. I drove it around my block in Oakland, California just one time. That was the end of it. Since them I'm told it needs a new battery. It's a 2001. Shall I go ahead and splurge?
  • Dusterdude @El scotto , I'm aware of the history, I have been in the "working world" for close to 40 years with many of them being in automotive. We have to look at situation in the "big picture". Did UAW make concessions in past ? - yes. Do they deserve an increase now ? -yes . Is their pay increase reasonable given their current compensation package ? Not at all ! By the way - are the automotive CEO's overpaid - definitely! (That is the case in many industries, and a separate topic). As the auto industry slowly but surely moves to EV's , the "big 3" will need to be producing top quality competitive vehicles or they will not survive.
  • Art_Vandelay “We skipped it because we didn’t think anyone would want to steal these things”-Hyundai
  • El scotto Huge lumbering SUV? Check. Unknown name soon to be made popular by Tiktok ilk? Check. Scads of these showing up in school drop-off lines? Check. The only real over/under is if these will have as much cachet as Land Rovers themselves? A bespoken item had to be new at one time. Bonus "accepted by the right kind of people" points if EBFlex or Tassos disapproves.
  • El scotto No, "brothers and sisters" are the core strength of the union. So you'll take less money and less benefits because "my company really needs helped out"? The UAW already did that with two-tier employees and concessions on their last contract.The Big 3 have never, ever locked out the UAW. The Big 3 have agreed to every collective bargaining agreement since WWII. Neither side will change.