1977 Honda Civic CVCC Hatchback

The much-publicized technical advances of the new Honda Civic reflected growing demand for economical, environmentally friendly cars. In 1974, as Americans coped with high gasoline prices and shortages, the Civic was the most fuel-efficient car according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings. In 1977 it received an all-time high EPA rating of 54 mpg highway. The clean-burning CVCC engine, added in 1975, met EPA emissions standards without a catalytic converter. Only 12 feet long, the Civic had a roomy interior because of its unusual (for the time) transverse engine and front-wheel drive. Strong sales signaled the growing competitiveness of Japanese imports in the American market.
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American Honda Motor Company
place made
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (windows material)
plastic (part material)
overall: 132.588 cm x 150.368 cm x 375.412 cm; 52 3/16 in x 59 3/16 in x 147 13/16 in
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
"America on the Move"
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


I bought a white 1977 4 speed manual, Civic CVCC hatchback and drove it for 8 years and put 150K miles on it! I sold it for $950..not bad for a car that only cost $2,700 new. Rust was an issue but there was copious room in the engine compartment for plug wrenches, a tach/dwell meter and a timing light. Oil and filter changes along with points and plugs about summed up the maintenance requirements. I loved this car...have owned 5 Honda's since with the '92 Accord EX my favorite!

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