1970s / 1980s / Driven daily / Honda / Japanese

Driven daily: Honda Accord (mk1)

sf-honda-accord-1We photographed this first-gen Honda Accord on the streets of San Francisco, California. Likely a 1979 model, it appears to have spent a significant amount of its life within a stone’s throw of the Pacific Ocean. The salty air ravages car bodies year-round and can have worse effects over time than salty roads in mountainous climates by creating rust holes in odd and unexpected places.

This Accord stuck out like a sore thumb in the mass of family-friendly crossovers and late-model European cars by blurring the line between patina and neglect. It has outlived all of its bumper stickers and every single body panel has been attacked by rust – even the roof, which is a fairly uncommon sight.

In spite of its rather rough shape, the Accord wears a current registration sticker, indicating that it still gets through California’s strict safety and emission tests.

First-gen Accords sold in the United States were powered by a Compound Vortex-Controlled Combustion (CVCC) four-cylinder engine that aimed to reduce tailpipe emissions. 1979 examples were powered by a 1.8-liter that sent 72 horsepower and 94 lb-ft. of torque to the front wheels.

5 thoughts on “Driven daily: Honda Accord (mk1)

  1. This reminds me so much of my brother’s old blue Camry. I forget what year it is but it’s still chugging along! If you saw it, you’d think who the heck would ever want THAT car but it’s actually been stolen twice in recent years. I’m sure the neighbors think it’s an eyesore and wish the police hadn’t been able to recover it!

  2. Mi 1980 Accord is in worst shape than this one, the rear fenders have completely gone by rust and has been painted OVER all the rust just to avoid it to grow even more. Is an amazingly good dayly driver and everything works excelllent. I just drive it around to see the surprised faces of bystanders.

  3. Does CA require emissions testing on old cars? Having owned a ’76 & ’77 Accord, I happen to know the CVCC maintenance included valve adjustments every 30k miles. I tried skipping once and the car started blowing blue oily smoke. You’d think the cost of a valve adjustment would be greater than the entire car in this feature…

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