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Junkyard Gem: 1983 Honda Accord Sedan with 411,794 Miles

I’ve discovered that discovering discarded automobiles with astronomical figures displaying on their odometers can be...

I’ve discovered that discovering discarded automobiles with astronomical figures displaying on their odometers can be incredibly challenging. Most makers caught with five-digit odometers nicely into the eighties and even the nineties, which regulations out a greater part of opportunity significant-mile candidates ideal off the bat. With much more modern automobiles, digital electronic odometers would not display screen except if you power up the principal ECU— theoretically doable in a junkyard, but a real inconvenience. The most probable aged cars and trucks to rack up interstellar mileage (Mercedes-Benz diesels) are also amid the very first to have their instrument clusters harvested by boneyard-prowling eBay sellers. Luckily, Honda started setting up 6-digit odometers around 1981, and so present-day Junkyard Gem (uncovered final wintertime in a Denver auto graveyard) can share its incredibly extraordinary closing odo looking through with us.

I uncover junked eighties Hondas with superior than 300,000 miles on a typical foundation, and most of that era’s Hondas produced it nicely earlier the 200k mark right before reaching their closing parking spots. My all-time junkyard-odometer significant looking through was 930,013 miles on a 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit, but I really don’t fairly have confidence in the integrity of the system in that circumstance this 601,173-mile 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E holds the non-asterisked file, with this 1985 diesel S-Class coming in 2nd place with 535,971 miles. I’ve uncovered a handful of 400k-furthermore-mile cars and trucks a short while ago, including this ’88 Toyota Tercel 4wd wagon and this 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo wagon, and now here’s a bulletproof 2nd-technology Accord that traveled the equal of sixteen-one/2 visits around the environment through its 37-yr occupation.

These cars and trucks rusted with terrific eagerness in the red-powdery parts of the land, but this a person took fairly a although to get to this level of corrosion.

Colorado cars and trucks can rust to a sure extent, nevertheless most counties below really don’t use street salt and the solitary-digit humidity can help retain the Rust Monster at bay. This auto lived in not-so-oxidey Texas as of 2011.

The manufacturing unit emissions sticker reveals that this Accord started existence as a California-spec auto, not a “forty nine-point out” federal machine. That doesn’t suggest it was marketed new in California, but which is the way to bet the cars and trucks intended for sale in the Golden Condition experienced much more highly-priced underhood components. Honda’s then-new plant in Marysville, Ohio, was building Accords by 1983, but this auto came from Japan.

The vacuum-line diagram for Honda CVCC engines commenced to get intimidatingly elaborate about this time, but by 1985 it experienced develop into the Map of the Universe, so challenging that it experienced to be represented in isometric see. Astonishingly, this system labored incredibly nicely, nevertheless the failure of a solitary sensor or solenoid could make you fall short the draconian California smog look at.

The EK1 one.8-liter 4-cylinder, rated at seventy five horsepower in 1983.

From what I’ve viewed of early-to-mid-eighties Accords in junkyards, the five-pace/automatic break up was about fifty/fifty on these cars and trucks. A couple of yrs afterwards, it was much more like ten/90 in favor of automatics.

Trunk lid would not continue to be closed? Dwelling Depot to the rescue!

This appears to be a classic yoga-relevant sticker, perhaps much more suitable to California than Texas or Colorado.

One factor I’ve viewed with significant-mile cars and trucks in junkyards is signals of entrepreneurs who cared. This is a bottle of touch-up paint continue to in the auto, not something you see in most decades-aged automobiles.

The inside seems all ideal, considering. Did the head gasket last but not least permit go? We may possibly under no circumstances know.

This auto isn’t the luxurious LX, but it continue to came with some pretty superior features for an reasonably priced sedan in 1983.

This Japanese-industry ad was in English, for included course.

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