In the most recent episode of Wheeler Dealers, hosts Mike Brewer and Edd China leave the UK and head to the sunny climes of Los Angeles. There, they pick up a well worn first-gen yellow (aren’t they all?) Honda Civic, restore it, and sell it back to the American Honda Collection.
The car is purchased rusty and running poorly for $2,000, put in $4,200 worth of work, and in the end they sell it for $14,000. However, it does seem there’s a bit of movie magic thrown in. For one, the interior starts out with a so-so aftermarket upholstery job. By the end, it has perfect houndstooth seats that it’s supposed to come with. Unless those were covered under the “general maintenance” part of the bill, they’re unaccounted for.
Also, it’s unclear when the restoration of the Civic took place, but Honda definitely already had an extremely clean yellow CVCC when we visited the collection almost two years ago. And we saw what we think was the same car when we visited again last month. As Brewer rolls it in to the museum, their newly acquired S600 is clearly in view, putting the date of the “sale” sometime after our November 2014 visit.
In any case, if you can put the perhaps embellished sales story aside, it’s a great episode with perhaps one of the best explanations of how Honda’s groundbreaking CVCC engine works. It’s also uplifting to see the often overlooked first-gen Civic getting some much deserved screen time.