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Autotrader Find: Pristine 1997 Honda Del Sol Si

Back in the 1990s, inexpensive sporty cars were all the rage — not just with the Miata, but also cars like the Toyota MR2, the Nissan 240SX, the Mitsubishi Eclipse, and others. Honda decided to get in on this craze with a car called the Del Sol, a 2-seater with a removable roof — and this is one of the finest Del Sol models left.

Here are the Del Sol basics. The car came out for the 1993 model, and it was officially the “Civic del Sol,” with a lower case “d” in “del,” although few called it that. Three engines were offered: a base-level 4-cylinder with about 100 horsepower, a more exciting 4-cylinder with about 125 horses, and, later, a VTEC 4-cylinder with 160 hp. Sadly, this model uses the middle powertrain, rather than the VTEC.

But that’s not to say it isn’t exciting. The Del Sol was a small car, with just two seats and a massively low curb weight that was likely around 2,400 pounds — and this one has a 5-speed manual transmission, in addition to its 125 horses. The Del Sol was also low to the ground and reasonably wide, which likely kept it flat in corners.

If you’re interested, this Del Sol is the one to have. Though it doesn’t have the VTEC engine, it does boast just 29,200 miles from new, which is an impressive figure. It’s also in fantastic shape both inside and out, and it’s truly shocking how well this car has been preserved — especially because most weren’t.

If you’re interested, this Del Sol is offered by Jabaay Motors in Indiana for $11,000 — big money, but reasonable if you’re looking for the nicest Del Sol you can find. Find a Honda Del Sol for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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