First Gen Survivor: 1985 Honda CRX – SOLD!

Oct 2020 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

November 12th Update: We just confirmed the private seller of this CRX deleted their Craigslist ad, so we’re now able to call this one “Sold!”  While this one got away, if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330.

The Honda CRX is one of the poster children of the Radwood era, a hot hatch that was a fan favorite practically since new. Today, they are still available for reasonable money in good condition, but perfect ones are getting pricey. This 1985 model recently listed on Craigslist in Glassboro, New Jersey, and described as an “easy” restoration project for $5,200.   Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool doesn’t give us a perfect comparison, as Hagerty only looks at the range-topping Si, valued at $7,000 in “Good” condition. This one appears to be the fuel-sipping HF, which still packs a ton of smiles-per-mile. 

The CRX may look like an unassuming hatchback at first glance, but it’s impossible to deny the magic of Honda engineering. This was the era where Honda put the driver experience first, combining lightweight with lithe handling, and cramming a ridiculous amount of fun into a car with under 100 horsepower. Of course, other virtues came standard as well, from bulletproof reliability to impressive fuel economy, all while providing quick steering and a buttery smooth gearbox to keep drivers happy across every trim level. The Si was obviously the proverbial hot hatch, with more horsepower and some visual enhancements to set the CRX apart from its entry-level siblings.

This example is the high-efficiency HF with the 1.5-liter four-cylinder, which could reach highway fuel economy approaching 48 miles per gallon when new. The seller reports that this example is well preserved with minimal rust, and while the photos do show some cosmetic flaws, there’s nothing here that stands out as particularly offensive. The driver’s seat needs some upholstery work, and there’s rust in the typically troublesome rear fender. The fragile plastic nose panels are intact, and the original Honda head unit remains in the dash – a near impossible OEM part to find. Overall, the price may be slightly high for a non-Si with modest rust issues, but it looks like a worthy foundation for restoration. Good luck with the purchase if you take this first-generation CRX home!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1985 Honda CRX. 5 speed. 1.5 Liter Motor. 161k Miles. Nice Driver. Little Rust. Preserved Car. Easy Restoration Project. No Trades. Serious Inquiries. Hard Car to Find. $5100.00. 856-981-6749.

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