After 30 Years, This ’86 Honda Accord Still Looks Brand New
To some, cars are nothing more than the instruments of transportation. To others, they’re more exhilarating than a morning cup of coffee. It’s this polar notion that leaves some as high-mileage wrecks after three decades of service, while others look as fresh as the day they were born. This 1986 Honda Accord DX, while not particularly the most exhilarating car in the world, is surely a member of that later category. It looks like it just rolled out of a Honda dealership, circa 1986, with “Rock Me Amadeus” playing in the background. Ahh, the ‘80s. In fact, according to the folks at Barnfinds, this Accord had been the centerpiece of one Southern California Honda dealership until recently. It is no longer however, and it’s come up for sale on eBay. RELATED: This '66 Porsche Barn Find Looks Delightful in Dust
Across the past three decades the Honda Accord has accumulated just 71,000 miles, and according to its owner, they didn’t come all at once. In July 1990, their records show it had a scant 28,950 miles in its home of Palmdale, California, before moving to sunny Santa Monica in 1999. Fast forward to 2012 and that’s when it became an installment at Honda of Santa Monica, still wearing its original blue California plates.
It’s not hard to see why the dealership chose a DX hatch. Though 30 years on, this first-year third-generation Accord hatchback’s lines still look remarkably clean from front to back. And who can fault the iconic ‘80s must-have, pop-up headlights. So ‘80s, so great.
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Like many of the great ‘80s Hondas, it’s a perfect example of the “Save the Manuals” mantra. This Accord fits a five-speed manual—a rare find amongst today’s auto-shifting CUV masses—which ought to eke the most out of the carbureted hatchback’s 98 horsepower A20A1 engine. Despite its lack of fuel injection, these 2.0-liter cars were notoriously very frugal with gas, and with a double-wishbone suspension, they were plenty fun to fling around too.
The Accord’s brilliant Blade Silver Metallic body looks incredibly fresh, which suggests it may have had a respray at one point in its life, and its impressive “time capsule” appearance continues inside as well. The interior, though clearly dated, still presents itself nicely and remains a great and driver-oriented layout.
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The owner does mention some work has been done to ensure the Accord still runs like a top—a new clutch has been installed, along with a new timing belt, vacuum lines, spark plugs, wires, and oxygen sensors. Humorously, the tires are said to date back to the Clinton administration however.
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