Going against the odds, right here. Someone in my town is using a 1992 Honda CRX as a wintertime daily driver, and like Blake the Z. puts it: “Those things rust even in California”. The Honda appears dirty and salty indeed, but it doesn’t look rusty. For how long, that’s anybody’s guess.
The second generation CRX is going up in value these days, as bad ones crumble into rust flakes or get riced out of reason. Using one on a daily basis does mean it’s doing what it’s designed to do; storing one would do it no good either.
Sensibly, the owner runs on steelies for the winter. And the CRX manages to look good even on them.
Some time ago, walking home from the town centre, I looked at the CRX and compared it to the Volvo next to which it was parked. The CRX really is the smallest four-wheeled vehicle I’ve seen in ages, except for a 1964 MG Midget in which I had the pleasure to ride.
The exhaust on the CRX isn’t standard, but I can attest to the fact it sounds good, as I also saw the car accelerating from a crossroads the other week. The engine here is the 16-valve 1.6-litre D16Z5, with 125 hp.
Despite having graduated to larger vehicles by now, if a rust-free import CRX fell in my lap, I definitely wouldn’t kick it out of bed. The sad fact is one of these easily commands double, if not triple the money my BMW cost…