CC Capsule: 1985 Honda Accord Hatch

Brendan’s recent post prompted me to get writing again, about a car that doesn’t get seen too often.  CC’s archives contain only a few second generation Accord features, and even fewer about the hatch.  While the hatch seems to have been fairly popular in the USA as a quasi-coupe, I don’t think there would have been as many sold in Australia, where the sedan would have been preferred.  Hatches in the next size down routinely offered 5 doors rather than

This car was shot at the Winton Historic races, where there is always a large display of classic cars driven by spectators; this year it was more impressive than normal, so I will have more articles to come!  As beautifully restored as the EH Holden ute next door is, I doubt that I will feature that because I didn’t take any photos of it specifically.  Time was not sufficient to do that for everything, and watch some racing, and tour through the pits, and talk to all sorts of different people – the day was fairly stretched!

Here is the other end of the car.  From what I can tell, the second generation Accord debuted in Australia with a 1.6L engine before increasing to 1.8L with the 1984 facelift.  This car looks to be in remarkably well-preserved original condition, with the most notable point being that it has been put back on the road relatively recently.  The new registration number has been issued at a guess about 18 months ago.

The first Accord won the Wheels magazine Car of the Year award in 1977, thanks to the Honda factors of excellent quality and driving dynamics, and very efficient CVCC engines that have had their praises sung many times.

2007 & 2012 Honda Accord Euros

In later years, the Accord Coupe did not make the trip to Australia but the Aerodeck wagon did from 1992-95.  From 2003 Honda Australia sold the Acura TSX aka Accord-in-Europe as the Accord Euro; I wonder how they came up with that name?!?  Only the high-revving 2.4L 4-cyl was sold here, not the V6.  Motoring journalists would often refer to the ‘normal’ Accord (which was sold with both the 4 and the V6) as the “Accord Seppo” – based on rhyming slang of Septic Tank = Yank.

Here is the interior – with the manual transmission that must be a lot better than an automatic of this era.  It looks un-touched in there, and the seat and steering wheel covers show there is a good level of care happening.

I did not see an owner present, so I can only speculate whether it was still a one-owner car, or had found a caring custodian more recently; either way it should be around for a long time yet!


Further Reading:

Paul’s 2011/2016 Curbside Classic: 1983 Honda Accord – Honda Revolutionizes The US Industry, Again

RLPLAUT’s 2016 COAL: 1982 Honda Accord Hatchback – A Simple Car For A Simpler Life

Jim Grey’s 2014 Curbside Classic: 1984 Honda Accord – The Canary in the Coal Mine for the Traditional American Sedan