Let’s pretend you really want to buy a new Honda Civic, but you don’t like the design of the latest model. So you want to buy a new version of an older Civic — with one obvious problem: Honda no longer makes new versions of older Civics. Fortunately for you, there’s this: a 2008 Civic Coupe with that’s traveled just 161 total miles in its lifetime. Yes, this is apparently real.
Here’s the situation: This Civic Coupe is offered from a private seller in the southwestern Rhode Island town of Exeter for $17,000. That’s big money for a 2008 Civic Coupe, but it’s not totally out of the realm of possibility if you consider this car’s condition: absolutely, unquestionably, absurdly like-new. The ad says "this is the definition of mint condition." The ad is right.
So how did this happen? Who saves a Honda Civic like it’s a low-volume Ferrari? Unfortunately, the ad doesn’t provide much insight, though it does note that the car "has been in a climate controlled garage since ordered" — as if the owner was possibly worried about subjecting the car to the brutal weather of a garage without air conditioning and heat. The ad also shows some pieces underneath the car, and they truly do look mint. This might be the last brand-new eighth-generation Civic left.
Unfortunately, what the ad doesn’t supply is the car’s VIN — a shame, because I suspect the Carfax report would tell a very interesting story. The original window sticker is supplied, of course (showing an original asking price of $22,295), but the resolution in the image is a bit too low to make out the VIN — despite my repeated tries.
Nonetheless, this is it: The last new eighth-generation Honda Civic. One of the strangest Autotrader Finds yet. Find a 2008 Honda Civic for sale
(Thanks to Chris D. for the tip!)
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.