Value My Classic – rare Honda Accord under the spotlight
WHO Karl Sheridan WHAT 1979 Honda Accord MILES 32,000 PROVENANCE Most history traced MODS None HOW MANY Five or fewer
HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?
I bought the car about a year ago. I had just sold my Rover 214 Cabriolet and soon after spotted an advertisement for a low-mileage Honda Accord located not far from me. It had all I was looking for in a classic car: an automatic gearbox, sunroof, rarity value and most importantly no rust! It even has an in-dash device which advises when oil and filter changes are due, as well as tyre rotation. Not only that but by inserting the ignition key into a couple of slots in the binnacle you can reset it, unlike today’s cars where you usually need a garage to do it. The only problem I’ve had with the car concerned poor fuel consumption and the engine constantly cutting out – this was eventually tracked down to a seized part in the carburettor.
HOW MUCH HISTORY?
I’ve researched almost all of its history, which certainly adds to the interest. It lived most of its life on the Isle of Wight and had only done 30,000 miles. It went in to longterm storage after its owner died. Several enthusiast owners have owned it since it returned to the mainland, one of whom wisely had it
WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?
I was lucky enough to win first in the 1970s class at Sledmere last year, but the car isn’t in absolutely mint condition – there are a few minor scuffs around the fuel filler, for instance – but it’s completely original, right down to the radio – which still works! The only issue I have with the car is that I feel as though I’m driving something akin to a museum piece and I’m very conscious of the risk of it getting bumped or damaged, because body panels for these cars are no longer available.
HAS IT BEEN MODIFIED?
No, not at all.