These shots of a perfectly preserved 1985 Honda City Cabriolet were taken in 2008, when I worked in the Helsinki webdesign office in the building behind it. Looking through the photos, I thought to myself, “Has it only been five years?” It certainly feels like a world away, and I hope the Honda is in such good shape even today.
I got the idea of posting such old photos from Robert’s Should Tall Cars Make a Comeback post. “Hey, I have Jazz photos somewhere”, and went to the old Finalgear thread where I had originally posted them. And yeah, if no-one has complained in five years, no-one will probably complain this time either about the photos or the plates.
Even if the Honda was clean and showed no rust, it really needed a good polish. The white paint was all chalky, with no protective wax coat. Still, the wheels were super clean and the convertible top along with the black bumpers looked good.
The drop-top Jazz and City ran on a wider track than the regular hatch. The same track was also used in the Turbo versions, but the cabriolet only has a 67-horsepower engine.
It’s also noteworthy that the cabriolet top was designed by Pininfarina.
The car was probably imported from Japan second-hand or new, as it’s RHD. It’s also called “City” instead of Jazz, and City wasn’t able to be used in Europe as Opel had the rights for the Kadett City model name back in the day.
So yeah, like I said – since the car is probably super-rare in Europe, I really hope it’s in such good condition even today.
[Images: 2008 Antti Kautonen]