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

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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

rust­proofed.

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.

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