Junkyard Find: 1983 Honda Social S

Junkyard Find: 1983 Honda Social S

1983 Honda Civic S RH front view1983 Honda Civic S RH front view

1 of 14Before there is the Social Si, there is the Social S.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S window decal1983 Honda Civic S window decal

2 of 14The final owner felt pretty racy with 69 CVCC horses under the hood.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S engine1983 Honda Civic S engine

3 of 14Yes, 69 horsepower, that was 7 greater than the standard Civic’s engine had.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S Little Tree Air Freshener1983 Honda Civic S Little Tree Air Freshener

4 of 14You’ll locate one in each and every vehicle. You will see.Picture by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S passenger seat1983 Honda Civic S passenger seat

5 of 14Radio faceplate with baseball. Pretty typical junkyard-vehicle contents.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S interior1983 Honda Civic S interior

6 of 14Some junkyard shopper has already claimed the instrument cluster and door panels.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S tape stripe1983 Honda Civic S tape stripe

7 of 14Tape stripes were very much a 1980s thing.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S LH rear view1983 Honda Civic S LH rear view

8 of 14The ’83 Civic S had a curb weight of just 1,898 pounds. The current Civic weighs close to 3,000 pounds… and has more than twice the power of the ’83.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S dealership badge1983 Honda Civic S dealership badge

9 of 14Sold in Colorado, will be crushed in Colorado.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S rear view1983 Honda Civic S rear view

10 of 14You’d think that a non-rusty Civic S would be worth restoring, but nobody cared to rescue this one prior to ending up in this place.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S hatch emblem1983 Honda Civic S hatch emblem

11 of 14The Civic had been around for more than a decade when this car was sold.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S RH rear view1983 Honda Civic S RH rear view

12 of 14It’s a bit battered but no serious damage visible.Photo by Murilee Martin
1983 Honda Civic S front view1983 Honda Civic S front view

13 of 14If a Civic S isn’t worth enough to evade the junkyard, what hope is there for ordinary second-gen Civics?Photo by Murilee Martin

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Only a few examples of the Civic S remain, so this is an exceptionally rare find

The Honda Civic started life as a very sensible economy car that was more fun to drive than soporific Corollas and rackety Colts, but by the early 1980s Honda decided that it was time to sell an explicitly sporty version. So, late in the production run of the second-generation Civic, a Civic S version was developed. The S, which paved the way for the legendary Si Civics later in the decade, was black with snazzy red stripes and packed a 1,488cc CVCC engine making 69 horsepower instead of the ordinary 62-horse 1,335cc unit. These cars are ungodly rare today, and this one in Denver is the first example I have ever seen in 35 years of creeping around wrecking yards.

1983 Honda Civic S LH front view

You want rare? Top this. Photo by Murilee Martin

This car appears to be a rust-free Colorado native, a bit banged-up but certainly restorable… and nobody cared enough about it to buy it from its final owner, or to snag it at the auction that probably ended up handing it over to the wrecking yard for just over scrap value. Yes, these cars were slow and jouncy and noisy by 21st-century standards, but early Volkswagen GTIs were nearly as miserable (compared to modern-day machinery) and seem to have no problem finding loving owners.

1983 Honda Civic S grille badge

I thought about grabbing this grille to hang on my garage wall, but decided to leave it for a 2nd-gen Civic restorer… if such even exists. Photo by Murilee Martin

I have owned a few second-gen Civics (and I drive a 5th-gen Civic today), and they did a lot with their paltry ration of engine power. Still, the market has spoken, and it says that the first-year Civic S is not valuable.


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