14 June 2018

More than an old car #71: Honda Accord CA

Honda has always been a fan favourite and other than the Civic, the Accord also draws many praises. They are quite common here and I believe some of you would have sat in one/driven one before, or heard the joke about Jesus "not speaking of his own accord." However, I would like to draw your attention to this 1987 Honda Accord CA, which has certainly seen better days when it was on the roads back then.

The Accord was introduced as a larger companion model to the Civic, and its name reflects Honda's desire for "accord" and harmony between people, society and the car. The 3rd-generation Accord was first introduced in 1985, where it found great popularity in the US market. Early export models had pop-up headlights but fixed-headlight versions was only available for the sedan from 1987 onwards.
This was the 1.6 litre version, meaning that it was powered by a 1598cc Honda A16A1 i4 engine, allowing it to reach a top speed of 176 km/h, with an acceleration of 11.9 seconds [0-100 km/h]. It was 4535 mm long and weighed 1040 kg.

Back in the 90s, they used to be rather ubiquitous in Singapore based on old photos I had seen. Perhaps, your parents may have owned one a long time ago! I am aware of a few more 3rd-gen models still on the road but they are getting rarer since people don't really appreciate them as much today. This specimen was looking pretty battered and a recent check showed that the number plate was de-registered. Either it is still around on a new number plate, or it has already been scrapped. Considering our car climate, I am inclined to think the latter although I hope it isn't the case. Maybe it's time to keep your eyes peeled for the remaining survivors!

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