Craigslist Find of the Week: Imported RHD Honda City Cabrio!

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Retro cool Honda City can be yours for $6500, some strings attached.

You are looking at a first-generation Honda City, one of the coolest Japanese “kei” cars to ever hit the market. Of course, with it’s massive 1.2L engine, and enormous (for Japan) size, it’s not a true kei car by official standards. However, the City holds a special place in many Honda fanatics’ hearts. That these could be bought with a Honda Motocompo in the back is icing on the cake.

Let’s back up: What the hell is a Honda City?

A fine question, indeed, so let’s dig into it. The City is an international Honda model (we don’t get it state-side), and can be considered the granddaddy to the Fit. In fact, the City of today shares it’s platform with the modern Fit. So, a sub-compact, front-driver with a low price point.

This early model features a 1.2L, 12-valve, SOHC “ER” four-cylinder engine. Back in the day, this twin-carbureted beast doled out 65 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque. That ER four banger utilized Honda’s famous CVCC technology, in fact, this one has CVCC-II, featuring a rudimentary catalytic converter. Fancy. This particular City is paired with a manual transmission. We are guessing it’s the 4-speed manual.

Body-wise, this is the Cabriole (sans-“t”), so it features widened body panels shared with the infamous “Bulldog” City Turbo. You can thank Italian coach builder Pininfarina for that. Yup, old man “Pinin” had a hand in designing this Japanese toaster on wheels. Theblue  paintwork is all there, and all of the panels seem straight, overall the car seems to be in great shape. The interior is 80’s fabulous, so many textures! An aftermarket shift knob and steering wheel are present. Seemingly a demerit for this awesome JDM time capsule.

For the most part, this seems to be an original example. At $6500 as listed, it honestly seems like a pretty inexpensive way to “win” Cars and Coffee with retro cool. However, the fine print is the sticking point: this may be an illegally imported vehicle. No import paperwork is present, so no title. This is a bill of sale only affair. Though, with the right circumstances, this vehicle may be registerable, in the right state, at least.

Check the full ad out here and decide for yourself whether or not it’s worth the price tag.


Jake Stumph is the lead Content Editor for Honda-Tech and several other Internet Brands Automotive websites. He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right.

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