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Autotrader Find: One-Owner 1995 Honda Civic Hatchback With Acura Integra Engine
Right up until this very moment, I thought the following two things were mutually exclusive. Thing one: a one-owner Honda Civic from the 1990s. And two: a modified Honda Civic from the 1990s. This is because people who bought these things new didn't tend to modify them; that usually came with owner number six or seven, who used the car in the local street racing scene.
Well, apparently I was wrong: This 1995 Civic hatchback has only ever had one owner for its entire life -- and it also has an engine swap that took it from the regular Civic engine (with a rather unfortunate 70 horsepower) to a "B18A" engine from an early 1990s Acura Integra, which was more like 140 hp. The best part is, you'd never know about the engine swap from the outside -- because, aside from the wheels which hail from a later Civic, this thing is completely untouched cosmetically.
Of course, none of these things is the most amazing part about this Civic. To me, the most amazing part is that it's had just one owner since it was sold new on June 15, 1995, when it was originally registered at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington. Usually, someone who buys a Civic, and then engine swaps a Civic, wants to move up to gradually more power: a WRX, or a Mustang, or a 370Z, or a Porsche. Well, not this person. This person swapped out the Civic engine, and kept it for 22 years.
Also of interest is the fact that this is the cheapest, most basic Civic you could get in 1995: The Civic CX, whose pathetic 70-hp engine was paired with only the most basic equipment -- including no air conditioning and no rear wiper. When was the last time you saw a hatchback with no rear wiper?
It'll take a very specific type of person to buy this Civic, but it's yours if you want it at Lewis-Clark Auto Sales in Lewiston, Idaho, where it's offered with 128,000 miles for $4,995. It may not be a quick sale, but you certainly won't find another one like this.
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.