Fea­tur­ing such rar­i­ties as a TA22 GT Cel­ica and a Ta­tra T97!

1993 Honda Civic CRX ESI, 1997 Honda CRX del sol Transtop Pete Naylor, Shrop­shire

Practical Classics (UK) - - CON­TENTS -

I al­ways wanted a drop-top, but with a lim­ited bud­get and only two seats this was not pos­si­ble with a fam­ily. Then my son David bought a Honda Civic ESI. It had stood for two years un­used. The front driver’s side wing, head­lamp and in­di­ca­tor were dam­aged, the back box was un­ser­vice­able, the brakes seized and bat­tery dead. David found the parts on ebay and we soon had it on the road. He used the car for a num­ber of years, but a new job with a car and mar­riage meant it was not re­quired. So, I took it on. The power-as­sisted steer­ing, light gearchange and ex­cel­lent brakes make it easy to drive – my wife loves it. As I am now in my Six­ties, the frailty fac­tor prompted the pur­chase of the newer car, an ESI Transtop model. These cars have an amaz­ing mech­a­nism that lifts the bootlid ver­ti­cally, tilts the roof, and some rods then pull the roof into the bootlid.

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