29 March 2018

More than an old car #61: Honda Concerto

In the history of car production, there are cars that look fashionable back then but end up horribly dated now. Conversely, there are others that look ordinary when released, yet appreciated by car enthusiasts today. This 1989 Honda Concerto EXi is a prime example of run-of-the-mill plainness but it has held up well all this while.

The Honda Concerto was a result of a joint production between Honda and Austin Rover Group, and was introduced in 1988. Its name is derived from a type of music composition and it was supposed to cater to European tastes. It looks like a 4th-gen Civic at first glance, but a notable difference is the "six-light window treatment", or the additional rear quarter window. It was made in both the UK and Japan, and came in a 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan. This sedan version was powered by a 1590cc i4 Honda ZC engine, allowing it to reach a top speed of 185 km/h and an acceleration of 10.6 seconds [0-100km/h]. It was 4.41m long and weighed 1075 kg.

Production ended in 1994 when the Rover branch was acquired by BMW. So far, there is only one other model in white left on our roads, though there had been more a few years ago. Besides the more glamorous classics, I thought it would be good to highlight unremarkable old cars such as this to show our diversity. This unit has been maintained quite well and I like the subtle paint job too. It may not be destined for the scrap yard any time soon, but I fear many of you would not appreciate this relic. Granted, many of you would fail to give it a second glance and I had to dig up my archives to find this picture. Yet, this is the whole point of my blog: to raise attention to the oldies among us today.

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