Considering a New Civic? Buy This Perfectly Customized 1983 Civic Wagon Instead

This car costs about the same as a Civic Sport hatchback. So why not go for it?

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There's nothing wrong with buying a new Honda Civic. They're fun to drive, affordable, practical, and reliable. But if you want to stand out from all the other Civics on the road, we have an alternative: This 1983 Civic wagon. It's been expertly customized with new suspension, a redone interior, and an engine from a '90s Acura. It's . You should buy it.

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This Civic wagon was built by Main Stream Performance in Georgia for Rutledge Wood, former host of Top Gear America. Finished in a Nissan OEM color called "Tank Green," exterior highlights include Eibach lowering springs, Enkei gold lace wheels, a one-off roof rack, and a front lip spoiler from a Mk1 VW GTI. Matching green upholstery lines the interior, with green and yellow plaid inserts on the Recaro seats and door cards. There's also a sweet Nardi steering wheel, an aftermarket tachometer, and a newer Alpine radio.

The green theme is nowhere to be found under the hood—the engine bay has been painted a dark shade of purple instead. It houses a 1.8-liter B18B1 inline-four engine from a 1995 Acura Integra LS, connected to a five-speed manual transmission. Featuring dual-overhead cams and 16 valves, it made around 140 horsepower when new.

The car is with a Buy It Now price of $22,500 or best offer. Considering how much customization is going on, it might not be as dead-reliable as a new Civic. But it'll certainly be more fun to own.

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