1990 Honda Accord Time Capsule

For August 22, 2020, our used car find is this one-owner 1990 Honda Accord LX sedan with just 27k miles, which is listed for sale on craigslist in the Houston area for $7250.

Here’s what makes this one special.

Introduced in 1989 (as a 1990 model), the fourth-generation Accord was immediately hailed as the best Accord yet — a notable accomplishment considering that all prior versions were also standouts. Car and Driver named it to its 10 Best list for the eighth time, calling the car “a tribute to Honda’s unquestioned and successful pursuit of excellence.”

The fourth-gen Accord was quite a bit larger than its predecessors but retained the qualities that defined great Honda design in the era, including clean lines, a low cowl and belt line, and impeccable ergonomics.

Honda engineers introduced a new engine, too: an all-aluminum, fuel-injected 2.2 liter four cylinder with four valves per cylinder, making 125 hp (in the LX version). While a 5-speed manual gearbox was standard (and preferable), here it’s mated to a 4-speed automatic, which boasts a fluid-filled rear engine mount to reduce noise and vibration.

This example, with just 27k miles and a single lifelong owner, is quite the time capsule. Aside from a few small scratches and other imperfections, it looks almost exactly like it did when it left the showroom floor.

While the gold exterior (known as Seattle Silver) isn’t particularly exciting, it is quite typical for a 1990s Honda. It also complements the distinctive maroon cloth interior very nicely.

The LX trim sports air conditioning, power windows and door locks, and not much else. That suits us just fine. The joy of the peak Honda era is rooted in simplicity.

This low-mile Accord is offered by the estate of the original owners in suburban Houston. The asking price of $7250 may be a bit optimistic considering that this isn’t the most desirable spec.

Nevertheless, its incredible originality should generate a fair amount of interest. We expect the final sales price to fall within $1500 of the ask.

Vehicle Details

  • 1990 Honda Accord LX sedan
  • 27k miles
  • 2.2 liter inline 4 cylinder engine (125 hp)
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Seattle Silver (gold) exterior on maroon cloth
  • for sale by estate of owner for $7250
  • Spring, Texas
  • link to craigslist listing HERE
  • JHMCB765XLC031325

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