"Top Gear" Host’s Custom Honda Civic Comes Up for Sale
You’ve seen him on the American version of Top Gear, driving all manner of wild and crazy cars, but have you ever wondered what car-loving TV star Rutledge Wood drives while off the set? Well, as you might expect, something equally wild and crazy–this very green, very customized 1983 Honda Civic wagon. Or at least, he used to. The Top Gear star’s Honda wagon recently surfaced on eBay, and it’s quite the hot ticket item. According to the listing, Rutledge Wood teamed with Charles Warren of Mainstream Performance to turn the once-pedestrian ’83 wagon into a low-slung showstopper, and the first thing to go was the engine. RELATED: Here's What the Next-Gen Honda Civic Will Look Like
The old four-cylinder was ditched in favor of the B18b engine from a 1996 Acura Integra. Wood’s Honda Civic now brandishes a reported 130 horsepower—about twice the power it originally had—and breathes through a high-flow catalytic converter and Magnaflow exhaust.
You’ll have undoubtedly noticed the Civic’s vibrant colors inside and out. The engine bay comes dressed in a cherry blossom hue while the wagon’s stunning body wears a factory Nissan paint, “Tank Green.” Is it a bit jarring to the senses? Sure, but when lowered down on its Eibach springs in the front, lowering blocks in the rear, and sitting on well proportioned 15-inch Enkei wheels–it just about looks as perfect as can be.
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The inside? Oh, it’s a shouty one. The interior features Celery Green vinyl throughout, which has been accented with a tartan plaid cloth that originated inside of a Volkswagen Westfalia camper van. The Recaro seats came from an old Volkswagen Golf, the wood steering wheel is a gorgeous Nardi unit, and apparently the Momo F1 shift knob came courtesy of Tanner Foust’s Nissan 300ZX from the first season of Top Gear USA.
A vintage Coleman cooler finds its way to the trunk, rather necessary in that it allegedly hides the car’s battery, and a wood travel rack fits to the top of the car. All in all, it’s certainly not a car you’ll spot everyday.
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