Games Learning Resources Visit the Museum
America on the Move
Collection Exhibition Themes
BackSearch
Honda Civic
Catalog #: 2003.3065.01, Accession #: 2003.3065
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection

This car was first purchased and driven in Los Angeles, California. Its second and final owner saw it in a parking lot and made an offer. It was restored by the second owner before it came to the Smithsonian. The car represents the rise in foreign automobile ownership in the U.S. during the later part of the twentieth century, the public demand for more fuel-efficient cars, and the public concern over pollution. The Honda Civic was the first vehicle to meet the Clean Air Act standards successfully, without using a catalytic converter and running on regular gasoline.

Physical Description
Artifact. Dimensions: 147.8"L x 59.3"W x 52.2"H. Occupancy: 4 Passengers. Weight: approx. 1687 lbs. Engine: 4 Cylinder. Transmission: 5 speed. Color: Sophia Red. Front wheel drive and Rally Package which includes a wood steering wheel, wood gear-shift knob, instrument cluster on the dashboard, wheel "trim rings," and a "5-speed" badge on the hatchback door.
Details
Date Made:
1977
Dates Used:
1977 - 2003
Locations:
California
Related People, Places, and Events
Manufacturer
Honda Motor Company

Place of Manufacture
Japan

Place of use
Los Angeles, California


National Museum of American History About This Site | Sponsors | Buy the Book | E-mail Signup | Credits