OIRC-Toronto - love those EKs, man. I remember watching Barrett-Jackson a couple of years ago and hearing one of the commentators say something to the effect of "you'll never see a slammed Honda Civic on this stage" when talking about future classics... well, seeing has how the EK was a hugely popular tuner platform and the Civic practically kicked off the whole import tuner scene single handedly, I would beg to differ!
a dumb statement to make, considering that Barrett Jackson's is based on older guys buying the stuff they owned/dreamed of owning when they were younger.
In the mid-to late-90's/early 2000's, a "slammed Honda Civic" was THE tuner car to drive. Years down the road, there will be quite a bit of emotion attached to the memories of these cars. The Civic was a significant part of car culture at one point.
There was an old issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car (Jan 06) that had an article titled, "25 Japanese Collector Cars You Should Buy Now." There were a few questionable cars, some no-brainers, but the list was pretty good. In no particular order:
90-98 Mazda Miata
71-73 Toyota Celica
91-94 Nissan Sentra SE-R
99-00 Honda Civic Si
85-89 Isuzu Impulse Turbo
78-80 Plymout Fire Arrow (a.k.a. Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste)
86-89 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R (a.k.a. Chrysler Conquest TSi)
88-91 Subaru XT6
Further reason I'll hang onto mine for quite some time.