1977 Honda Civic CVCC Hatchback

1977 Honda Civic CVCC Hatchback

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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
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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
America on the Move
Road Transportation
America On The Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History
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In 1976 when I got my MD drivers liscence (which was cardboard, not laminated), I had the chance to drive my future mother in law's 76 or 77? 2 door lt blue civic. It had an automatic which was like an old GM powerglide. The floor shifter had low and drive and had to be shifted manually. This car was not driven gently, being a 17 year old boy who's friends had all American V8's. 71 Camaro, 67 LeMans, 74 Road Runner etc. Looking back I firmly believe the Honda was more reliable and durable than the American cars I envied. Little did I know at the time that Honda would become a performance name and start a luxury line (Acura).
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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