1990 Honda CRX Coupe 1.61 DOHC V-Tec (162 bhp model). Grey Metallic.
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CRX Coupe 1.61 DOHC V-Tec (162 bhp model).
The Honda CR-X Coupe V-Tec is considered one of the best handling and quickest point to point front wheel drive cars ever made! This is the car with which Honda introduced independent double wishbone suspension at each corner, giving maximum tyre contact at all times.The 1.6i DOHC V-Tec Coupe CR-X model was introduced in 1990 and produced for just 2 years in this shape. Combined with a light weight of just 970kg, an ever willing engine making 162 bhp at 7,600 rpm with a V-Tec Zone that sounds goes much like that of a racing engine from 5,800 - 8,000 rpm, it's not hard to see why this car won so many admirers and collectors worldwide. Indeed, this is the car than encouraged Honda to produce Type R Civics and Integras from 1995 on. A classic with total pedigree!
Today, the CR-X 1.6i DOHC V-Tec is all too scarce in top condition. UK examples are usually rusty MOT failures with filler and rippled panels, rusty A pilars, etc. or have been worn out through very high mileages and abuse. Even in Japan, where there's no corrosion in the warmer parts, most CR-X's have long since passed their best days and are fairly tired, or have been converted into low priced track weapons! If you have ever seen one of these being driven hard on a tight small circuit, you'll understand why they're so popular for racing use! The is probably the best hot hatch ever produced. With awesome cornering and handling capabilities and an engine that just loves to be reved to the red line, performance is far faster than is decent for a car of this size. Styling 15 years on still looks cheeky and fresh. For us, it's difficult to fully understand just why Honda decided to make the Targa topped replacement, which has much less charm than this little coupe. With other cars nowadays generally being bigger and heavier and not endowed with such a willing engine, nor unique double wishboned suspension at each corner, this car will run rings around most modern so called hot hatches and show them a proper scalding!
This example has been been beautifully kept and evidently garaged much of it's life. It's completely rust free. It looks as a CR-X would be expected to - if around 3-5 years old! - This is therefore a very collectable example. It is also loaded with every option that was available in 1990!
Factory fitted specification includes: Optional ALB (Anti Lock brakes), Optional Limited slip differential, Electrically operated steel sunroof, Climate control air conditioning, PAS, electric windows, original "CR-X" fitted mats, rear wiper, blue tinted glass, remote controlled door mirrors, half leather front seats.
Performance Upgrades have been fitted. The exhaust has been treated to a decat pipe (Original catalyst supplied with the car) and a Kakimoto Racing system with a stainless steel back box. Ignition leads are heavy duty Splitfire items. Suspension struts and springs are replaced with Ohlins adjustable coilovers. Wheels are 15" Sprint Hart lightweight forged alloy items - secured by blue annodised lightweight RAYS nuts. The tyres are Dunlop Formula W10's of size 195/55/R15. Inside, the original steering wheel has been replaced with a classic Nardi leather trimmed item. The gear knob is alloy and carbon fibre, by Razo. there is also a quick release handbrake mechanism. There's an alloy throttle pedal extension - prtesumably to aid heeling toeing and there's also a racing harness included for track days. A Vacuum gauge is located to the right of the steering wheel on the dashboard. There's not much more that should be done to improve performance of this little coupe further. A open induction kit would help increase air flow and throttle response, as well as allowing the engine to sound better. An uprated 4 branch exhaust manifold would also help improve power. V-Tec controllers are available, but they make very little difference. Honda got the tuning so right with these, there's no need to improve them further. All tuning parts available in Japan can be supplied by www.neweraparts.com for this CR-X.
Interior is in excellent condition. This has been a non smoker's car. The driver's seat has some wear and the vinyl is starting to come away from people getting in and out over the years. Also the black coating has worn off the leather. This can be repaired at low cost - around £150. We can arrange this is desired. Alternatively, the front seats can be replaced with bucket racing seats, inexpensively before shipment!
Auction grade is 3 - mostly due to age (Auction sheet is available) The paint condition is generally excellent - but most importantly this CR-X is rust free! There is a mildly dented area on the front n/s wing. Also aft of the arch there's a light pin dent. This panel will be professionally panel straightened and repainted to match. There's a pin dent on the n/s door. On the front o/s wing there is also a tiny pin dent. These will be professionally removed by a specialist. The roof and bonnet each have very slightly milky laquer, so both these panels will be professionally resprayed to match the rest of the car's excellent paintwork. Not also the n/s/f bumper corner's got a mild cut to the rubber trim - and a crack on the paint. Although we'll paint the bumper in that local area, we cannot repair the cut away rubber. It's only small, however. Finally, the rear bumper is not seated properly on the o/s - so this will be removed and refitted properly. We couldn't ascertain whether the timing belt has been changed or not, presumably so - but just to be on the safe side, we'll renew it whilst preparing this car at our premises in Sussex.
We tested this CR-X V-Tec and found it drove absolutely faultlessly. Brakes work well, with no signs of warping, handling's tight and there's an awesome indiction roar and an intoxicating push in the back as the V-Tec zone is breached from 5,800 rpm. The gearbox works sweetly with synchromesh unworn, handling is excellent too. Engine has also been serviced again recently - as the oil is totally clean.
As you can probably tell from our enthusiasm - we love this car!!! (We owned a Mugen tuned example from 1999-2000 ourselves, so we already know how awesome these are!) It's perhaps too good to be used as a car for daily use - as it's so well preserved, but at this price it'll provide an excellent commuting car, or even an excellent base with which to start modifying - to make a top CR-X example for fun use!
If you're after the very best original CR-X available, this is it!!
Complete with full UK conversions and registration, MOT, 12 month's comprehensive warranty, paintwork as described, full valetting and 6 month's road tax, this one off concours condition CR-X is available at: £5,485 pan, this CR-X can be reserved for prompt shipment with a deposit of £1,000. Please Contact Us for further information.
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