Collectible Classic: 1988-1991 Honda CRX Si
A rare, unspoiled gem with an eau de throwback
Americans who came of age in the late 1980s and early '90s share certain common threads. An acute and troubling awareness of the fleeting nature of fashion is one. Mixtapes, Coke Classic, hair metal, and grunge rock are but a few others. Then there's the smell of a Honda from that era, redolent of aged carpet and worn plastic.
One whiff and you're carried back in time from the moment you set foot inside a 1988 Honda CRX Si as clean as the one you see here — a rare survivor unspoiled by the ravenous tuner culture that devoured them. There's something refreshing about a sports car as pure and simple as the CRX Si. Aside from its then-daring styling, it was the CRX Si's humble roots that made it such a desirable and endearing choice for average-Joe enthusiasts.
The basic CRX was a shining example of Honda's magical blend of practicality and engineering prowess. With oil prices continuing to rise, the automaker's Japanese executives wanted a car that could hit 50 mpg; the engineers set out to develop a fuel-efficient yet sporty coupe based on the Civic sedan's chassis. The critical leap of ditching the car's rear seats to lighten it was actually the idea of Honda Research America in Torrance, California.
Honda introduced the CRX for the 1984 model year, and it quickly became a smash hit globally. The CRX HF (high fuel economy) model in particular demolished Honda's 50-plus-mpg goal with EPA ratings of 51/67 mpg city/highway. Improved aerodynamics and a dainty curb weight of less than 2,000 pounds helped it achieve those benchmarks. Combine that with the CRX's affordability, and it became a natural to do a performance-driven Si model. Honda launched the first CRX Si for 1985, adding fuel injection to the standard model's carbureted 1.5-liter four-cylinder, increasing power from 76 to 91 horsepower.
Major improvements came in 1988, vaulting the CRX and its hotter Si variant into truly hallowed status. The first-generation car's torsion-bar front and semi-independent rear suspension were replaced with fully independent double-wishbones at all four wheels, improving ride quality again while adding crucial athleticism and agility. With a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder and multi-port fuel injection, the '88 Si made 105 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque while weighing a mere 2,017 pounds. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the Si sprinted to 60 mph in roughly 8.5 seconds.
The CRX Si's lightness and simplicity made it a potent rival to similar affordable performance cars like the Volkswagen GTI. Outside the U.S., Honda even offered the CRX with a 1.6-liter DOHC VTEC engine, making as much as 158 hp in the Japanese-market CRX SiR. As a result, the CRX and especially the Si became adored and prized by the burgeoning import tuner crowd. As a result, it's genuinely difficult to find a bone-stock CRX Si like this that hasn't been savaged beyond recognition. You can't help but embrace how wonderful a bare-bones and untainted, vintage Honda sports car feels in 2016. "This car is 30 years old, and it functions the way I wish most new cars did," says owner Steve Ewing.
Ergonomically, the CRX Si is spectacular; the seating position is perfectly low and intimate with the road, and the switchgear maintains its pleasant analog clack with each push. Despite its compact dimensions, the cockpit feels perfectly adequate for two passengers. Visibility is stupendous thanks to skinny A-pillars, a low dashboard with a broad windshield, and a huge sloping rear window. There's a handy shelf where the rear seats would be, but in typical Honda fashion, it folds cleverly into a storage area with a pair of cubbies on the sides. We can't help but geek out over little details like the icons for the trunk release and gas cap, which can still be found in today's Hondas.
Ewing is an automotive journalist and former AUTOMOBILE intern, and he bought the car from former AUTOMOBILE editor Sam Smith. The car's survival no doubt owes itself to the hands of people who recognized its provenance and inherent value as part of Honda's golden age. "It's light, functional, efficient, and most of all honest," Ewing notes. "No distractions. All it does is drive."
Bombing through Detroit's Eastern Market, the CRX Si shimmies happily from corner to corner, delighted to be pushed hard despite its age. The unassisted steering is lively and perfectly communicative. Clutch action is light but easy to feel at the engagement point, and the five-speed manual gearbox feels every bit as sweet and precise as a modern Civic Si. It's most definitely not a fast car by modern standards, but as is often the case, there's real joy in the feedback and satisfaction you get from pushing a slow car to its non-lethal limit.
As fantastic as it is to dip your toes into Honda's past with the CRX Si, it's somewhat of a poignant but sad reminder that cars like this don't exist anymore. Today's hot hatches like VW's GTI and Ford's Fiesta ST, spiritual successors though they are, still suffer from the weight gain and complexities of modern cars. Worse still was the Honda CR-Z hybrid, which proved a heroic flop despite attempting to channel the CRX with its styling. The best we can hope for is that when a CRX Si like this crops up, people will recognize it as a jewel and resist the urge to spoil it, if only to preserve that Honda smell.
|Engine||1.6L SOHC I-4/105 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 98 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm|
|Front Suspension||Control arms, coil springs|
|Rear Suspension||Control arms, coil springs|
|Number Sold||65,245 (est)|
|Original Price||$10,195 ('88)|
Due to its upgraded engine and chassis, enthusiasts favor the second-gen CRX Si first offered for the 1988 model year. Honda, in its Suzuka plant in Japan, built just north of 65,200 units of the Si from 1988 to 1991, but good luck finding one that hasn't been torn apart and hopped-up by tuners with a questionable VTEC swap. The 1988 CRX Si is particularly noteworthy not only because it was the debut year for the second generation but also because it weighed about 120 pounds less than the later '89-'91 CRX Si, which made 108 versus 105 hp. Ewing is the third owner of this original California car, having purchased it six years ago for $3,500, but given the condition and relatively low miles, it could be worth a couple grand more to the right buyer. When shopping for a CRX Si, the main thing to look for, aside from over-modification, is rust. If you can find a good one, all it takes to be in top shape and great fun is regular maintenance, cover from the elements, and a driver not afraid to wind it out.
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Maintaining a strict maintenance schedule doesn’t guarantee a vehicle’s longevity, though it certainly doesn’t hurt it. Regular oil changes and mindful maintenance can help prolong a car’s life, allowing it to accumulate hundreds of thousands of miles or more. This 1991 Honda CRX Si is one of those special vehicles, racking up over one million miles. Tampa Honda in Tampa, Florida, owns the car, and you can see it on display there today.
The classic Honda first went on display at the dealer back in 2015 when the owner lent the hatch to the business, said Sadakut Ali, a 17-year Tampa Honda veteran. At the time, the dealer posted a photo to its Facebook page announcing that the car had driven 1,002,473 miles. The green sticker across the windshield shows that the car accumulated one additional mile before going on display. It’s a staggering amount of miles that equates to going from the Earth to the moon and back twice.
The car still has its original interior, though the previous owner had the exterior repainted about eight or nine years ago. However, the interior isn’t the only thing original about the car. According to the dealership, the car still has its original engine and transmission, a five-speed manual thanks to the Si trim upgrade. Honda paired it with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that made 105 horsepower (78 kilowatts) and 98 pound-feet (132 Newton-meters) of torque when it was new.
The 1991 Honda CRX Si that’s on display at Tampa Honda is a reminder that you don’t have to get rid of a car just because it has accumulated a significant number of miles. The dealer has no plans to sell the pristine CRX Si, and we wouldn’t either. The 30-year-old CRX is an impeccable vehicle that shows how you can drive your car and maintain its like-new appearance. Or at least you can if you bought a Honda. Check it out the next time you’re in Tampa.
Honda : CRX SI 1989 honda crx civic si
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It is time for me to move on from this car. I purchased this car two years ago, and it was in rough shape to say the least. Everything works as it should besides the AC. I have replaced the compressor, evap core, expansion valve, drier, and it will cool very well for about 3 weeks. After that, the Freon has all leaked back out. I was told that a shop could put in a dye that would help locate the small leak, but I have not gotten around to it. The previous owner wrecked the car a few years back in California, and I have the paperwork for it. The right fender, and the bumper was replaced. But it was considered a total loss So the title is a salvage title. The body of this crx has 269,000 on it. Back in 2010 a shop in California installed a sohc zc with 45k on it, along with a new flywheel and clutch. I believe that I still have that paperwork as well. In the two years that I have had it, I have replaced a good bit of stuff. I will try and list them all. Fuel Filter Fuel Presser Regulator Fuel Injectors O2 Sensor Brake Booster Master Cylinder Rear Shoes and Wheel Cylinders Front Rotor, Caliper, Pads Throttle Position Sensor Intake Air Temperature Sensor Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor Both Fans Spark Plugs Valve Cover Gasket Spark Plug Tube Seals Distributor Spark Plug Wires Battery Alternator Thermostat
Honda : CRX Si 1990 jdm honda crx si rhd ef 7 right hand drive
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1990 JDM Honda CRX Si click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge Extremely clean, well kept Honda CRX Si. Completely stock. Sold as a one owner in Japan. We have previous service records starting at 1,470km! D16A8 DOHC ZC Motor Automatic Transmission Power Windows Power Moonroof JDM Parking Pole Factory Momo Steering Wheel Automatic Climate Control A/C Blows Cold Aftermarket CD/MiniDisc Head Unit 127,000km (79,500 miles) This CRX is in amazing shape inside and out. Finding any CRX in this condition is difficult, let alone an unmodified one. Paint and body is excellent, with only a few small blemishes shown in the photos below. The interior is also in excellent condition, with the only notable wear being on the side bolster of the drivers seat. The automatic climate control works excellent and the A/C blows cold. We’ve put over 500 trouble free miles on the car since we’ve had it. The only issues we found were a worn motor mount, and worn bushings, so we replaced those. The bushing service included rear trailing arms, control arms, and radius arms. Front sway bar link bushings were replaced as well. The handling is now very crisp and precise, just how a CRX should be. This car is being sold by Roadtrip Motorcars, a licensed and insured dealer and importer located in Brownsville, KY (near Bowling Green). We specialize in importing rare collectible vehicles from Japan. Kentucky buyers will be subject to KY sales tax, but we do not charge any hidden document or title fees. Car is sold with a clean and clear Kentucky title. We have copies of all import documents, including the Japanese export certificate, CBP HS-7, EPA 3520-1, and CBP 3641 release forms. We only import vehicles at least 25 years old in order to comply with Federal regulations. This vehicle is considered exempt from EPA and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and eligible to import free and clear due to its age. The vehicle can be registered in most states except California, but registration is the sole responsibility of the buyer. Please do your research and check local laws regarding emissions and inspections. This vehicle is a 1990 not 1980. Ebay does not have a method to deal with non-conforming VIN's. Please contact us with any questions, or to make an appointment to view the vehicle. Car is for sale locally, and we reserve the right to end the auction early. Bidders with zero or negative feedback please contact us prior to bidding, or your bid may be cancelled. A deposit of $500 is due within 24 hours or the vehicle may be re-listed. click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge click picture to enlarge Bank wire transfer is preferred. If paying by cashiers check, check must be drawn on a US bank, and car will not be released until funds have fully cleared. The buyer is responsible for vehicle pickup or shipping. txzj pxzj1465 txzj58
Honda : CRX SI Honda CRX Si 1985 Sunroof CD Spoiler Alloy Wheels 85 Black 5 Speed Manual Civic
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Honda CRX Si 1985 Sunroof CD Spoiler Alloy Wheels 85 Black 5 Speed Manual Tinted Civic Fuel Injected VIN JHMAF5339FS035637 Selling my personal time capsule. I have owned this vehicle since 1995 and it’s in excellent condition for a 30 year old vehicle. I drove this car from 1995 to 1996 and then from 1998 to 2002. It was stored indoors the other years in a storage environment. It has been in storage since 2002. As such there are some areas that will need to be addressed. It has 146,000 original miles and would be a great restoration project. In an effort to provide full disclosure, I want to convey all the good and bad details I can think of when listing this car. If there are other areas of concern, please message me before purchase. This car needs to be paid for in full before pickup. It will likely need to be transported unless you are buying locally in Utah. $500 deposit via Paypal due within 48 hours of purchase. Remainder due within 7 days of purchase. We accept a cashier’s check, wire transfer, or bank deposit in our account. I have the clean title in hand, ready for transfer. The Good: Car has never been wrecked. I am a mechanic and took very good care of it when in use. The drive train is perfect on this car. Engine and transmission are in superb condition. Shifts smoothly, I changed the clutch out personally on this vehicle at one point. I also changed the timing belt, brakes as needed, tires, filters, tune-ups, Bosch Platinum spark plugs, oil, etc. A/C Compressor was changed at one point, although it does not appear to be blowing cold air currently after being in storage, may need a recharge or additional support. Fuel Pump just changed. Oil and filter just changed with synthetic oil. Alloy American Racing Rims that are good condition. Tires are in good shape and appear to have 30,000 miles or so of life left on them. No major body issues or dents. Sound system was updated at one point with a CD player and upgraded speakers in doors and rear. High amperage cabling was installed under carpet and paneling for subwoofer in the rear. Amp and subwoofer are not currently present but wiring is intact if this is desired. Tweeters are installed on the side panels. Glass in the car is perfect as far as I know, I don’t see any cracks or even rock chips when examining the glass. If there are small imperfections they are likely very minor. Windows are tinted and appear to be in decent condition on the side windows, the back glass needs the window tint replaced. Car has a sunroof and was used frequently when I drove it. It currently pops up but will need to be opened and cleaned/lubricated for proper function. I installed a Car alarm and an auxiliary air horn, not currently connected to the battery but should be functional if re-connected. Interior is in fantastic shape. Seats are in amazing condition for their age. No major tears or stains with the exception of a tear along the side of the drivers side seat near should height which was repaired with silicone. It has been a functional repair that has not spread for the last 20 years. Dash and panels are in AMAZING condition, not cracked out or broken. I have had cars that were 5 years old that have cracked out and break. The interior of this car is in fantastic shape!!! Engine block heater installed that can be plugged in during winter months. Headlights upgraded to brighter Halogen lighting. Battery appears to be in good condition and starts the car right up. As far as I know, all instruments and components are in working condition without problem unless otherwise mentioned here. That being said, realize this is a 30 year old car and there are going to be some minor things that may need adjusted and repaired. SMOKE FREE, never been smoked in. The Bad: The fuel pump has just been changed. After changing the fuel pump, it is obvious that there is rust in the fuel tank. The tank was rinsed and etched with vinegar when the pump was replaced but the remaining debris in the tank is inhibiting the car from running well. The pollutants appear to be clogging the in-tank strainer/filter and preventing adequate fuel from reaching the injection system. It will idle and run at lower speeds but acceleration is problematic and would not recommend running it in this condition until the fuel situation is remedied. New replacement gas tanks can be purchased for under $100 including on Ebay. The paint on this car has seen better days. It is no longer the original glossy black as the sun has caused the clear coat to peel on the roof and hood. In addition there are paint chips in a variety of locations, especially on the hood. The exterior moldings along the windows are cracking and will need repainted for the painted one and replaced for the rubber ones. The exterior of the car will need repainted. There is some corrosion under the car including under the rear wheel wells. Some Bondo work will be required although it doesn’t appear to be extensive. The exhaust needs replaced. The car is quite loud currently as the muffler is rusted out. Muffler and exhaust pipe under the car will need replaced. Again, these parts should be available quite economically. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE
Honda : CRX Si Strictly Stock - Low Miles !
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From Yacht Club to Car Club - This car draws a crowd! The CRX was Motor Trend magazine's Import Car of the Year in 1984. The CRX was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1990. It also made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1985. The redesigned CRX was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1988. The CRX Si was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1988. The 1988 CRX Si was named one of Road & Track's 10 Best Cars of All Time. The 1991 CRX Si is the last year of manufacturer. Only 14k were sold worldwide. (compare to 22,000 '67 corvettes and 21,000 '91 corvettes!) Many have been modified for racing, with higher performance engines and accessories and unmodified low mileage cars of this style are exceptionally rare. This is a 1991 Honda CRX - Si / Strictly Stock White with Black Interior - Si model Bucket Seats - Only 111,000 Miles. 1590 cc, 97 cu in Fuel Injected OHC engine with 5 speed manual runs perfectly. Air Conditioning is outstanding. New muffler and pipes in 2014 are not loud but distinctive. Previously owned by a engineer at Ohio Honda factory, this rare classic will be 25 years old in 2016. Excellent Paint & Mechanical Condition with Very Good Interior this car is suitable for a collector or enthusiast. Driven regularly by retired owner, this remarkable car has been maintained by top Florida Import and Collector Car shop, Hunt Automotive of Ft. Myers. Original Invoice and owner's manual plus all maintenance records since 2004. This is an inexpensive car to maintain with parts available from similar years Hondas and great gas mileage at about 35mpg. While a great example of this timeless design, quick, terrific handling, great looking and well cared for, this is a used car and is not mint. There is a 3" long crack in the driver's sill from an accident prior to 2004 opening approximately 1/32" marked and monitored since 2004 with no change. There is a 1.25" C shaped cut in interior vinyl of drivers door from seat belt caught in door and minimum minor surface rust in rear door frame. The sunroof new in 2014 is not operable as the mechanism was not replaced. Tires have ~15k miles. There is an unused donut spare and original jack etc. Detailed pictures of all above are available by email. Deposit ($1,000) by FedEx within 5 days. Balance in Cash, Certified Bank Check or Wire Transfer before delivery or shipping. Thanks for looking.
Honda : CRX Si 1987 honda crx si d 16 a 1 integra chedda scca
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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No rust, it was undercoated a few years back. The car is a hoot to drive, and returns 35mpg.
Honda : CRX Si 1986 honda crx si 4 cyl 1.5 l manual 5 spd 3 400
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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE 1986 Honda Civic CRX Si 2-Door Hatchback4 cyl, 1.5 L, Manual runs and drive. CURRENT MILEAGE: 238,708, runs great. The only aftermarket item the vehicle has is the Radio. I do have a copy of the carfax report if you would like to see it please let me know. If you want to inspect or test drive please let me know. MAJOR PARTS REPLACED 1- New Brake Master Cylinder 2- Distributor replaced 238,680 miles 3- Distributor cap replaced 238,680 miles 4- Rotor (distributor) replaced 238,680 miles Frequently Asked Questions 1-Does the vehicle runs and drives? YES, AND NO MECHANICAL ISSUES. 2-Is there any mechanical problem such as: engine noise or leak? YES A LEAK -THE ENGINE CYLINDER HEAD WHERE THE DISTRUTOR CONNECT IT HAS A SMALL CRACK (a used cylinder head at CAR PARTS FOR $150 or autozone $260) if you want to see a photo where the crack is located please let me know. 3-Does the vehicle has any engine light on? NO 4-Is there any rust? YES A TINY ON THE ROOF 5-Is there any dent? A SMALL DENT ON THE TRUNK IT HARD TO SEE 6-Is there any missing parts or parts that does not work? -LEFT AND RIGHT DOOR SIDE MOLDING TRIM MISSING -TRUNK LID LIFT SUPPORT NEEDS REPLACEMENT (Ebay $26.60) -CRACKED WINDSHIELD -THE FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT FENDERS ARE MADE OF PLASTIC, THEY BOTH HAVE A VERY SMALL CRACK (SOLUCTION: FIBERGLASS REPAIR KIT) -THERE IS A CRACK ON THE RIGHT DOOR (SOLUCTION: FIBERGLASS REPAIR KIT) -WHEN I TURN THE A/C ON THE RPM GOES UP (NO IDEA WHAT IS WRONG) -LEFT SEAT NEEDS NEW SEAT COVERS 7-Would you ship outside Michigan? NO BUYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHIPPING ARRANGEMENT (check out: USHIP for shipping cost) 8-How many car keys do you have for this vehicle? ONLY 1.
Honda : CRX Si 1989 honda crx si 4 cyl 1.6 l manual 5 spd 3 300
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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE 1989 Honda CRX SI 4 cyl, 1.6 L, Manual 5-spd- $3,300 1989 Honda CRX SI odometer: 185414 VIN: JHMED9363KS006587 paint color : Black type : hatchback drive : fwd fuel : gas transmission : manual title status : clean cylinders : 4 cylinders condition: good 1989 Honda CRX SI 4 cyl, 1.6 L, Manual 5-spd runs and drive. CURRENT MILEAGE: 185414, runs great. I do have a copy of the carfax report if you would like to see it please let me know. If you want to inspect or test drive please let me know. MAJOR PARTS REPLACED 1- Wipers replaced 181541 miles 2- Air filter replaced 181541 miles 3-Water pump replaced 181541 miles 4-Timing belt replaced 181541 miles 5-Four wheel alignment performed 181541 miles 6- Axle replaced 181541 miles 7-Exhaust replaced 181541 miles 8-Brake fluid flushed 181541 miles 9-Antifreeze flushed 181912 miles 10-Radiator replaced 181912 miles 11-Radiator cap replaced 181912 miles 12-Oil change 185414 miles Frequently Asked Questions 1-Does the vehicle runs and drives? YES, AND NO MECHANICAL ISSUES. 2-Is there any mechanical problem such as: engine noise or leak? NO 3-Does the vehicle has any engine light on? NO 4-Is there any rust? LEFT AND RIGHT, REAR QUARTER PANEL (Rear Quarter Panel repair from Ebay for $68) 5-Is there any dent? -A SMALL DENT ON THE LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT FENDERS-easy fix - LEFT REAR QUARTER PANEL NEXT TO WINDOW-easy fix 6-Is there any missing parts or parts that does not work? -LEFT DOOR PILLAR TRIM MOLDING MISSING (Ebay $38) -LEFT DOOR WINDOW DOES NEEDS REPAIR -RIGHT DOOR SIDE MOLDING TRIM IS MISSING -TRUNK LID LIFT SUPPORT NEEDS REPLACEMENT (Ebay $26.60) -TRUNK LID TOP MOLDING IS MISSING (Junkyard or get a used trunk from car-parts.) -CRACKED WINDSHIELD -LEFT TAIL LIGHT NEEDS REPLACEMENT (Ebay $50 or CAR-PARTS ) -CLIMATE CONTROL IS CRACKED -RADIO IS MISSING -LEFT FRONT SPEAKER’S COVER MISSING (Ebay $15) -LEFT AND RIGHT REAR SPEAKERS AND SPEAKER’S COVER MISSING -LEFT AND RIGHT SEATS NEEDS NEW SEAT COVERS -LEFT FRONT WHEEL COVER MISSING 7-Would you ship outside Michigan? NO, BUYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHIPPING ARRANGEMENT (check out: uship.com for shipping cost). 8-How many car keys do you have for this vehicle? ONLY 1.
Honda : CRX Si 1989 honda crx si widebody
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Full widebody kit shell is in excellent condition no rust at all, clean dash, runs and drives good 'could be driven as a daily driver as it sits, every single light works and is in good shape, spoon seats, aftermarket steering wheel, full exhaust system, ROTA wheels, Brand new radiator, TONS of extra pars: doors bumpers hood full sets of interior lights fenders etc. the engine bay is completely unmolested it hasn't even been hosed off with degreaser! body kit is installed pretty subpar in most areas, will need lots more work to get smooth or you could just tear it off and have a normal crx body although i can not attest if the panels are any good underneath as i bought it with the bodykit installed, needs to be painted or rattlecanned "in dark gray primer atm", passenger door needs the handle and lock switched out "parts included" needs wheel spacers to fill out the fenders. Thanks for looking feel free to contact me at [email protected] for any questionscheckout this walkaround video youtube.com/watch?v=7HdrnHYFn-A&feature=youtu.be
Honda : CRX Si 1989 honda crx si turbo b 18 c type r corvette killer
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First of all I'd like to clarify this Crx is not a toy and is far from its original stock form. It's highly modified and lightning fast and built for an experienced enthusiast and driver. It was put together at ILL Garage in Villa Park, IL where the parts were purchased new and the labor/tuning was completed. My friend and I oversaw and made decisions on the direction of this build and we have over 45 years experience between us. We aren't teenagers. About five years ago the Crx was located in a state or disrepair and was rescued, stripped, and the build began. I believe it was originally black but was also gray metallic at one point and now gray. New quarters and rocker panels were welded on. It's a solid body with some rust still non structural on one floor pan. The interior was upgraded to some 90-91 parts. And of course the original drivetrain was removed and swapped out. After all the work was completed the car has only been driven 1300 miles or less, the parts are all in very good condition. It was never taken to the track or beat on. It was driven fast on occasion but mostly driven on cruise nights. I will attempt to list the parts and highlights of the car but I will probably miss some things since the list is long. The motor and transmission were purchased at Hmotors through ILL Garage, which I have a receipt for, but not the actual paperwork from Hmotors. When it was tuned it put down between 400-450 whp on around 12-16 psi. Personally the car has so much power I would recommend retuning it at closer to 300 whp for more drivability which would still be insanely quick. Within the past few months the prop valve has developed a leak which is an inexpensive part to replace, $30-$40. Unfortunately with a busy work schedule and upcoming move the Crx sits and this is the reason it is for sale. All told there are thousands invested and a reserve set at about half of that.
Honda : CRX Si 1989 honda crx si engine removed prepped for ls turbo swap
Buffalo, New York
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engine/trans currently removed from car. ecu tuned for b18b turbo 10 psi included in sale. this car is in good condition interior is removed from car will be included with sale is about 95% complete ad in good shape. car is a rust free rolling chassis spent most of its life in virginia so underside is spotless never seen a winter. only one nickle sized spot of bubble on rear wheel well. as you can see in the pictures, car is flat purple.original color is yellow has 2 other coats of paint on top. car has upgraded front rotors/pads also axles to handle extra power from LS Turbo setup. (again engine and trans not included in sale) note that some pictures show engine still in car but has in fact been since removed. perfect car for anyone looking for a small project. all you need to do is drop in LS Turbo plug and play. (and maybe a paint job) Buyer is responsible for arranging vehicle transport upon purchase. as stated earlier car is sold as is. it is a rolling chassis no engine no transmission. interior is removed but will be included. ecu is still installed will be included and is set up for B18b turbo setup. clear title in hand and ready to go. if you are looking for a fun easy honda project look no further this car is ready for ls motor and your choice of transmission and a good paint job
Honda : CRX Si Honda : CRX Si Coupe 2-Door 1991 1.5L
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I bought this car in 2005. Currently this car is a non op; went to fire it up in the spring and engine turned over but didn't want to risk blowing the seals. With that said, "Local Pick-Up" will require a tow to the nearest auto shop at buyer's discretion, unless the buyer prefers that it be delivered at their expense. When the car was last operated, the clutch and transmission were stiff for my liking, but awesome and powerful. NEVER RACED. There was an accident that damaged the front end on the passengers side . However it was repaired and given mismatched panels to replace the damaged ones (fenders/bumpers). Despite the frankensteined panel look the car drove true. Left non-op for several years. Registration is behind. Car HAS: CLEAN TITLE: NO LIEN OR SALVAGE Original interior: with no door tears. The rest of the cabin interior is clean and tidy. Interior carpet is decent and needs cleaning, however, other than typical wear and tear, there are no major stains. Comes with Dx floor mats. Original tools and spare tire Rear compartment cover is actually still attached and in working order. Aftermarket Tail lights. Original OEM taillights also included in sale. Aftermarket pedals installed. AC works I have the center console piece, in addition to the oem handbrake, and shift knob and will reinstall prior to sale. Car NEEDS: Paint Job: The body has little to no rust but, lots of paint oxidation due to sitting out in the sun when parked, as opposed to parked in garage. Seals and Lines Checked: Due to sitting for a long period, this vehicle should have the fluid lines and engine seals looked at and changed if necessary before it becomes roadworthy again. Rear Hatch needs new gas spring/lift supports to keep it open. Needs new tires and alignment. Needs new windshield New Temp gauge Needs car stereo and AC climate control (ac works just needs climate control unit)
Honda : CRX Si Honda : CRX Si Coupe 2-Door 1991 1.5L-Commuter Car Project Car
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I bought this car this car in 2007 to use as my commuter car. This car has been a solid car the entire time I have owned it, save the time it has sat due to neglect and lack of finances. I have no time to investigate repairs and registration; I am not a mechanic, but have tried to keep track of this car, so I will do my best to list the problems that I am aware of. Currently this car is a non op the moment, but with a new battery to test it, it seemed to want to fire up. I didn't press it as I didn't want to blow the seals on the engine. With that said, "Local Pick-Up" will require a tow to the nearest auto shop at buyer's discretion, unless the buyer prefers that it be delivered at their expense. When the car was last operated, the clutch and transmission were amazing. NEVER RACED. One small accident due to slippery road surface that damaged rear passenger side. No damage to frame or quarter panel, mostly just a blowout and torn cv boot. Repaired area only to have an SUV back into me in a parking lot as they exited a parking space and damage taillight area slightly. Maintained oil and engine up to the point of non-op. Left non-op for up to a year. Registration is behind, but I kept the car running and mobile until about a year ago when funds forced me to chose housing or a vehicle. Car HAS: CLEAN TITLE: NO LIEN OR SALVAGE Aftermarket Upper/lower front/rear sway/tie bars: Makes for a nice stable ride that will turn on a dime. Original interior: with no door tears, has a tear on the driver seatback in typical place where normal wear and tear occur (currently covered with seat cover). The rest of the cabin interior is clean and tidy. Interior carpet is decent and needs cleaning, however, other than typical wear and tear, there are no major stains. Just needs some floormats of your choice and she is good to go, unless you are a stickler for stock and want to track down some seats with no tears in them. Original tools and spare tire Rear compartment cover is actually still attached and in working order. Aftermarket Tail lights. Original OEM taillights also included in sale. Aftermarket pedals installed. AC works I have the oem handbrake and shift knob and will reinstall prior to sale. Car NEEDS: Driver Side Door Seals: Door seals redone on driver side as water leaks in a bit when weather is damp (no water damage, taped it up and drove with it covered in rain at the first sight of this problem. Also covered that section with durable weatherproof tarp during stormy weather during non-op). Paint Job: The body has little to no rust but, lots of paint oxidation due to sitting out in the sun when parked, as opposed to parked in garage. Seals and Lines Checked: Due to sitting for a long period, this vehicle should have the fluid lines and engine seals looked at and changed if necessary before it becomes roadworthy again. Rear Passenger TailLight/QuarterPanel Repair: The tail light requires a simple pull and hammer to repair slight dent (push in). Car was tagged in a parking lot by an SUV as it backed up into my car. It was a rolling slow collision, thus the tail light survived and it just needs some love to get it undented. Rear Hatch needs new gas spring/lift supports to keep it open. Brake light won't disengage on cluster when emergency brake is not engaged. Car runs fine and e-brake is functional and not impeding mobility. I have heard this is a simple fix. Needs new tires and alignment. Needs new windshield: Took a rock on the freeway and it spread before I could Safelight it and get it repaired. Front Driverside Fender needs trim replaced/repaired.
Honda : CRX Si 1991 honda crx si cr x ef 8 ef 9 1990 1989 1988
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This is a 1991 Honda CRX Si with 215873 miles. I bought this car from the original owner after it had been sitting 11 years and I have not put very many miles on it since. The motor has been professionally rebuilt with new piston rings, bearings, and seals from top to bottom. It also has a brand new timing belt and water pump and a new clutch, pressure plate, and throw out bearing. The engine and transmission are the original to the car. The interior is in very good condition, there are no rips or tears in the seats, dash, or door panels. There is some wear on the rear storage bin area but the cargo cover is intact. The exterior does have some dents and dings and the red paint has seen better days. The front bumper is original but has been repainted recently and the rear bumper has some scratches. There is a larger dent on the driver side door, a smaller one on the passenger door, and some decent scratches on the hood and passenger fender. You can also see a small amount of surface rust around the gas door and the driver side rear fender. I have done my best to show all the damage in the pictures. There is no stereo in the car and it was never equipped with A/C but the heat does work. PLEASE LOOK OVER THE PICTURES CAREFULLY BEFORE BIDDING! I HAVE DONE MY BEST TO DESCRIBE DAMAGE! This car is not perfect but it is 99.9% complete and mechanically sound. This would be a great daily driver or restoration project since there wouldn't be much to do other than paint. These are hard to find int "stock" form, get a piece of Honda history while you can. Buyer is required to make $500.00 non refundable deposit within 24 hours of auction end. The rest is due upon pick-up/before shipping. Buyer is also responsible for arranging shipping for the vehicle. Transportation by me is available for cost of fuel and fees. Please feel free to ask any questions and thank you for looking!
Honda : CRX 1989 crx si
Leicester, North Carolina
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89 si ready for a new home.Good running car i have a new staneless exhaust 2.25 the one thats on it now is 3in for a turbo.It has new ecu new disbuter,dc sport header short ram intake.
Honda : CRX 1-OWNER Si ADULT OWNED NO MODS EVER 70 PHOTOS GEM A-100%-ALL-STOCK-ZERO-RUST-CA-CAR-5-SPEED-1.6L-PWR-SUNROOF-SHARP-ALLOY-HATCHBACK
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Trim Si Coupe 2 Door
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The Honda CR-X, originally launched as the Honda Ballade Sports CR-X in Japan, is a front-wheel-drive sport compact car manufactured by Honda between 1983 and 1991. It was replaced by the Honda CR-X del Sol for the 1992 model year. Although there are many supposed definitions for the acronym CR-X, the most widely accepted is "Civic Renaissance Experimental".
In the US, the CRX (not CR-X) was marketed as an economy sport Kammback, with room for two passengers and small rear seats only for the Japanese models. The European-spec car received a ZC 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) engine and a 2+2 seating arrangement. Redesigned in 1988 and produced to 1991, the CRX was popular for its performance, nimble handling, and good fuel economy. Honda's 1992 CRX del Sol was marketed as a CR-X in some markets.
|Model years||1984-1987 |
Chassis EC1 AF AE532 AS
|Engine||1.3 L 58 hp I4|
1.3 L 60 hp EV1 I4 (1984–1986)
1.5 L 58-76 hp EW1/D15A2 I4 (1984–86)
1.5 L 91 hp EW3/4 I4 (1985–87)
1.5 L 108 hp EW5/D15A3 I4 (1985–1987)
1.6 L 135 hp ZC1/D16A1 I4 (1986–1987)
|Wheelbase||2,200 mm (86.6 in)|
|Length||3,675 mm (144.7 in)|
|Width||1,625 mm (64.0 in)|
|Height||1,290 mm (50.8 in)|
|Curb weight||760–860 kg (1,676–1,896 lb)|
In 1983 for the 1984 model year, Honda introduced an all-new two-seater that shared the drivetrain with the Civic but offered unique styling and interior furnishings. In North America, the CRX was marketed in two versions: economy and sport. The economy model used a new aluminum 1.3 liter CVCC engine. The sport model featured an aluminum 1.5 liter four-cylinder with three valves per cylinder and available with a 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic.
For 1985, Honda replaced the economy model with an HF (high fuel) model featuring a 1.5 liter engine which uses an aluminum block but the 1984 CVCC cylinder head (two valves per cylinder) instead of the new aluminum head with three valves per cylinder. In spring 1985, Honda introduced an Si (Sports, injected) model featuring a more powerful 1.5 liter SOHC PGM-FI engine. The Si model included a power sunroof, standard dual remote exterior mirrors, rear wiper, 13-inch alloy wheels and an Si-exclusive ducktail spoiler for the hatch.
For 1986, Honda updated the CRX with new aerodynamic headlights. The Si received body color matched lower cladding, a revised rear spoiler, new bumper covers and 14-inch alloy wheels. The interior was upgraded and added a center console with cassette tape storage. 1987 was virtually unchanged from 1986 and would be the final year of the first generation CRX.
The first generation CRX was sold in some regions outside Japan as the "Honda Civic CRX". At its introduction, the CRX was available in Japan through Honda Verno dealership sales channels, and accompanied the Vigor, the Quint, and the Prelude. The R. Straman Company of Costa Mesa, CA converted 310 Honda CRX's into convertibles from 1984 to 1987. The Straman-built CRX Spyder was the cover car on the July, 1984 issue of Road & Track Magazine.
The CRX design was inspired by the Alfa Romeo GT Junior Zagato which the Honda CRX designer owned.
The Japanese Si and European 1.6i-16 models came with a 1590 cc DOHCengine putting out 135 bhp (101 kW; 137 PS) in the UK-spec model and 140 bhp (104 kW; 142 PS) in the JDM model. Though similar versions of the same engine, the Japanese Si engine was stamped ZC, while the European engine was stamped ZC1. Japanese buyers took advantage of the largest, 1.5 L, engine while still paying the same amount of annual road tax.
Project Synchronicity Honda CRX was a collaboration between American Honda and Racing Beat to install a second 1.5 liter engine with automatic transmission into the hatchback cargo area. The installation of the second powertrain "took six months and cost $20,000 dollars". Phase Two of the project was to have Racing Beat install two 1.8 liter engines with automatic transmissions from the Honda Accord into Synchronicity. The Honda CRX would be called Super Synchronicity because of the increase of performance from two larger engines. Both Honda Accord 1.8 liter powertrains were fuel injected and upgrades were made to the suspension. A Mugen body kit and upgraded wheels were also installed.
The original 1.3 liter car (chassis code AE532) had an EPA highway mileage rating of 52 miles per U.S. gallon (4.5 l/100 km; 62 mpg‑imp) in 1984 and was reported to often achieve over 70 miles per U.S. gallon (3.4 l/100 km; 84 mpg‑imp) in favorable driving conditions. The later 1.5 liter American-market CRX HF (high fuel economy) model (chassis codes EC1 and AF) could also reliably achieve very good gas mileage, more than a decade before gas-electric hybrids appeared on the market, and at no price premium over the base model; the 1.5 liter is rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (under the new rating system) at 42 miles per U.S. gallon (5.6 l/100 km; 50 mpg‑imp) city and 51 miles per U.S. gallon (4.6 l/100 km; 61 mpg‑imp) highway.
U.S. model curb weights
|CRX||CRX HF||CRX Si|
|1984||1,819 lb (825 kg)||-|
|1985||1,819 lb (825 kg)||1,713 lb (777 kg)||1,953 lb (886 kg)|
|'86-'87||1,865 lb (846 kg)||1,898 lb (861 kg)||1,713 lb (777 kg)||1,978 lb (897 kg)|
1991 Honda CRX Si in Tahitian green
|Engine||1.5 L 62 hp D15B6I4 (1988–89)|
72 hp D15B6 I4 (1990–91)
1.5 L 92 hp D15B2 I4
1.5 L 103 hp D15B
1.6 L 105 HP D16A6 I4 (1988)
1.6 L 108 hp D16A6 I4 (1989–91)
1.4 L D14A1 I4
1.6 L 130 hp I4
1.6 L 120hp D16A8 I4
1.6 L 125-129hp D16A9 I4
1.6 L 130 hp D16ZC I4
1.6 L VTEC 150 hp B16A1 I4
|Transmission||5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic (DX only)|
|Wheelbase||2,301 mm (90.6 in)|
|Length||3,759 mm (148 in) (1990–91)|
3,754 mm (147.8 in) (1988–89)
|Width||1,674 mm (65.9 in) (1990–91)|
1,669 mm (65.7 in) (1988–89)
|Height||1,273 mm (50.1 in) (1990–91)|
1,270 mm (50 in) (1988–89)
|Curb weight||820–1,000 kg (1,808–2,205 lb)|
The chassis was significantly changed in 1987 for the 1988 model year, from its original torsion bar in the front and beam axle and trailing link in the rear to 4-wheel double wishbone suspension, in line with its sister Civic/Ballade models. Outside of North America, this second generation CRX was available with a 1493 cc SOHC or an updated version of the 1590 cc DOHC ZC engine. Many of these were fitted with fuel injection as standard.
The VTEC-equipped models also received a makeover, with updated bumpers, lights, hood, brakes, suspensions and dashboard designs amongst other things. Additionally, some of these design changes were added to the concurrent non-VTEC models.
One of the options for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) CR-X was a glass roof, a fixed glass panel which stretched from the top of the windshield to the top of the hatch opening. Relatively common in Japan, these are sought-after models in other markets.
In September 1989, Honda added the 1595 cc B16AVTEC engine to the lineup outside of North America. The VTEC (variable valve timing and lift electronic control) engine provided increased power at high RPMs while still allowing low fuel consumption and better idling at low RPMs. The B16A produced 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) in the European 1.6i-VT model (where the engine bore the designation B16A1) and 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) in the JDM SiR model. The CRX was the second car to receive a VTEC engine, shortly after the Integra, although the CRX was more popular and common.
The CR-X equipped with the 1.6 DOHC engine (ZC engine) or the 1.6 DOHC VTEC engine (B16A) came with a different hood since the B16A and ZC engines were taller and required additional hood clearances in comparison to the 1.6 SOHC engines. The ZC engine was only slightly taller than the 1.6 SOHC engine and required additional hood clearance to clear the cam gear cover. A CR-X equipped with the ZC engine had a hood with a bump on one side which offered the additional necessary clearance. Cars equipped with a B16A engine came with a hood that was raised across most of the engine bay to offer additional overall clearance for the taller engine.
Three different trim levels were available: The standard (unlabeled, sometimes called the "DX") equipped with the 16-valve 1493 cc "D15B2" engine and dual-point fuel injection (DPFI), the HF ("high fuel efficiency") model with the eight-valve 1493 cc "D15B6" engine and multi-point fuel injection (MPFI), or the Si (sport injected) model with the 16-valve 1590 cc "D16A6" engine and MPFI. Base models were available with an automatic transmission, all others only offered a five-speed manual transmission. A modification was made to the rear of the vehicle on all second generation vehicles in that a glass panel was installed on the upper half of the rear of the vehicle, above the tail lights which aided in rearward visibility in addition to the glass hatchback. This panel is heavily stippled black.
Features and equipment
Air-conditioning was a dealer-installed option on all models. The Si model came with a power sliding sunroof and 14-inch alloy wheels. Underneath, the Si model was equipped with a rear anti-sway bar along with variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering. The 90-91 Si models had 4-wheel disc brakes.
Colors and trim
There were a total of six colors offered each model year. Four color options were available on the CRX and CRX Si and two color options were available for the CRX HF. Color availability would vary based on trim package and the interior color would depend on the exterior color choice.
|Color name||CRX HF||CRX||CRX Si||CRX HF||CRX||CRX Si||CRX HF||CRX||CRX Si||CRX HF||CRX||CRX Si|
|Blade silver metallic||N/A||X||X||N/A||X||X||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Superior blue metallic||X||X||N/A||X||X||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Flint black metallic||N/A||N/A||X||N/A||N/A||X||N/A||X||X||N/A||X||X|
|Torino red pearl||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||X||N/A||N/A||X||N/A|
|Celestial blue pearl||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||X||N/A||N/A||X||N/A|
|Tahitian green pearl||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||X||N/A||N/A||X|
|CRX||CRX HF||CRX Si|
|1988||1,922 lb (872 kg)||1,819 lb (825 kg)||2,017 lb (915 kg)|
|1989||2,048 lb (929 kg)||1,834 lb (832 kg)||2,138 lb (970 kg)|
|1990–1991||2,103 lb (954 kg)||1,967 lb (892 kg)||2,174 lb (986 kg)|
Changes by model year USDM
- First year of the second generation CRX.
- Si and base model (DX) change to door mounted seatbelts to comply with federal regulations. Revision due to automatic seatbelt requirements.
- Si model's horsepower increased to 108 hp (105 hp in 1988) due to revised camshaft.
- Minor changes to headlights, bumpers and taillights.
- Instrument cover slightly more rounded.
- Hazard switch relocated to the dash.
- Si models now with four-wheel disc brakes.
- Si models receive updated 14-inch alloy wheels.
- Blade Silver color is discontinued
- Barbados yellow is replaced by Tahitian green on the Si model.
- Final year of the second generation CRX.
Production by model year
|Honda CRX HF||12,281||9,330||7,544||8,863||38,018|
|Honda CRX Si||17,886||18,505||13,876||14,295||64,562|
Main article: Honda CR-X del Sol
In 1992, Honda replaced the CR-X with a new, targa topped, Civic-based model called the Honda CR-X del Sol, otherwise known as simply the Honda del Sol. The del Sol was also badged as the CR-X del Sol in some markets, and known as simply the CR-X in others. It is because of this that the del Sol is generally considered the "third Generation CR-X" among enthusiasts, although it was arguably a very different car and Honda had seemingly quite different design goals when they built it. In the United States, the del Sol came in three trim lines: S (VXi in Japan, later VGi), Si (ESi in Europe), and VTEC (VTi in Europe) ; the JDM SiR model (not in US) featured a 170 hp (130 kW) B16 SiR-II DOHC VTEC-engine. Production of the del Sol ended in 1997, and thus, the CR-X line was retired.
Comparison to other Honda vehicles
Articles on the 1st generation Honda Insight have compared its appearance to that of the 1984–1991 CRX.
In 2010, thirteen years after the end of CRX production, Honda released the CR-Z, regarded as the spiritual successor to the CRX.
The CRX was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1984 and 1990, with the CRX-SI model also taking that title in 1988. It also made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1985. The redesigned CRX was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 1988. The 1988 CRX Si was named one of Road & Track's 10 Best Cars of All Time.
Consumer reporter David Horowitz tested the 1984 CRX's fuel economy claim in a "Commercial Challenge" on his TV series Fight Back! Commercials for the CRX claimed it could reach 60 miles per gallon fuel economy; according to Horowitz's test, it bested that figure, reaching 65 miles per gallon, and passed the test.
In Australia, the 1988–1991 CR-X was assessed in the Used Car Safety Ratings 2006 as providing "significantly worse than average" protection for its occupants in the event of side impact. On the other hand, both versions of the CR-X got good safety marks (5 and 4 stars) in the NHTSA Crash Test Results for 1997 US NCAP.
The U.S. version of the second generation CR-X employed the use of side impact door beams on some models. These models can be identified by the mounting position of the safety belts. If the belt is mounted in the door, the beams are present. If the belt is mounted in the body, there is no additional reinforcement. 88 and 89 HFs along with 88 SIs and DXs have the B-pillar mounted restraints, like all versions sold outside of the U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States has determined frontal crash test ratings of Honda CRX of different model years.
Like the Civic, due to the wide availability of parts, the CR-X is popular for motorsport usage. In the United Kingdom, there was a one-make series dedicated to the series 2 of the CR-X which soldiered on a few years after the series 3 was introduced and was popular for showroom stock racing series. Today, the car is popular for use in drag, autocross and road racing events.
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