Secondhand spot: Honda CR-X 1.6i-16

Secondhand spot: Honda CR-X 1.6i-16
Secondhand spot: Honda CR-X 1.6i-16

Values of the legendary little Honda are starting to rocket. Get in there quick…

Cars from the 1980s and 1990s are hot property at the moment. If it’s a performance icon or a car nerd’s dream, chances are it will already be commanding prices well beyond your wildest dreams.

But there are still models out there that haven’t started to skyrocket yet. The smart money should be on these likely appreciating assets, and we’ve found the perfect example of the breed. A mint Honda CR-X 1.6i-16.

HONDA CR-X 1.6I-16

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Engine: 1,590cc 16v petrol
Power: 130bhp
Torque: 105lb/ft
Transmission: five-speed manual, front-wheel drive
MPG: 35 (Official average)
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1990
Recorded mileage: 52,000
Price new: £11,650
Yours for: £5,495

Yes, it’s up at £5,495, but it’s only done 52,000 miles in its 26 years on earth, and it looks to be a pretty straight and original example in the classified ad. What’s more, it undercuts the next-cheapest CR-X by a healthy £2,000.

In period red, the CR-X still looks good. The not-so-subtle bodykit enhances its squat proportions and the idiosyncratic split rear window of this quasi-coupe hatch remains novel.

Being a Honda, the interior has shiny plastics but they will be beautifully built, and the bolstered seats in period red pinstripe look suitably retro. They even carry a fancy CR-X stitched graphic.

What really made this second-generation CR-X great was its engine. This one isn’t the fancy VTEC model, but the 1.6-litre unit still puts out 131hp and has all the enthusiasm you’d expect of a revvy 1980s Japanese 16v motor. It’ll easily keep a Peugeot 205 GTI honest.

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Provided it all checks out – be sure to look for rust and accident damage – you’ll have yourself a bargain here. It’s fun to drive, will probably be peerless in reliability and is all but guaranteed to go up in value quickly. We’d say jump on it now before someone else does.

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