Farewell Project Civic Si(gh)…

She’s really gone this time…
Shortly before Christmas, I took the Hooniverse Honda Civic Si(gh) out for one last drive. That trip took me inland, away from the beaches of Southern California. The route was out towards Corona which, oddly enough, is the same town that saw me pick up the car a few years ago. It wasn’t returning to its home garage though, but to a new owner.
The 2000 Honda Civic Si that I had plans for, has moved on.

Call me a wimp. Call me lazy. Call me whatever you want (… Kamil), but I believe that when you lose interest in a project, it’s time to step back and assess if you should continue to hold on to it. For me with the Civic, the answer was no and it was time for the car to go. I listed it for sale on Craigslist with what I believed to be a pretty fair price.
The ad was asking for $3,000 or best offer. Much like hot singles, there are a handful of EM1-generation Civic coupes for sale in my area. Many have salvage titles. Many have swapped in junk parts. Almost all of them have mileage figures over 150,000 and approaching the 200,000 mark. Those same cars are also asking for around $5,000.
My car… well, she was my car, has its bruises and bumps. The airbags are both blown. The title says SALVAGE on it, like the others but I’m now convinced this was a factory option. The car did have its plusses compared to the others though, thanks to its sub 130,000 mile odometer, minimal aftermarket CARB-legal parts, and (ahem) recently replaced-replaced timing belt.
I had a few calls and texts. Most wanted to trade for other crap, which I was certainly not interested in, but a few said they’d pay cash. There were some no shows, and then there was a person who decided to step to the plate and make the Civic their own. That person was the very man who helped bring the Civic back to life*. Rick Radcliffe paid me near my asking price, which leaves me enough remaining to begin a new project car path.
Actually, I’d guess that would be project … truck. Stay tuned.

*even if his students attempted to do the opposite, sorry Rick – hahaha

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  1. muthalovin Avatar

    I had a similar situation with my truck. I had the F150 for sale for months, dropping the price after a few, and still just limited interest. Finally a buyer called, wanted a test drive, and drove off with it.
    Sad to see the truck that got me through college and a big part of my adult life go, but the timing worked. What the truck sold for should keep the Fiesta ST in gas for the next, oh, 30k miles or so.

  2. Alcology Avatar

    Hooray! Great start to the New Year! Dump that crap heap project for something even crappier! Yet hopefully more interesting. I'm still on the Road to Nowhere with my own project and will have a similar choice to make with its fate very soon.

  3. CapitalistRoader Avatar

    Nearing 60-years-old, I've done this with two project cars:
    25 years ago, sold a '62 Lakewood w//rebuilt '65 140hp engine/4 speed, needed the interior redone. Rust-free CO native. Sold it dirt cheap.
    10 years ago, sold a '61 Greenbier on eBay. Original, rust free Western car, 80hp/4 speed. I set the min price at $1500 and got $2300. I was happy.
    In both cases it was the wrong car/wrong time. I have no regrets.

  4. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Your next project is a Corona truck? I'm all over that!

  5. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Jeff, you lazy wimp.

    1. Alcology Avatar

      HA! Applaud the riddance of that fridge on wheels! Now he can join you in true project vehicle insanity 🙂

  6. Maymar Avatar

    So, Blake ditched his Miata (which is supposed to be reliable, but isn't) for a Moto Guzzi, and that seems to have worked out okay. Your Civic has hardly been a paragon of reliability despite what its reputation would suggest. I can only assume you've bought a Mazda RePU?

  7. MattC Avatar

    As someone who is deciding whether to throw in the towel on my '73 Super Beetle (currently in parts in my tine 1 car garage), I can definitely sympathize. Sometimes it requires a thorough re-evaluation of whether the project is worth it or not. Now about that Volvo Amazon I see in the E to the Bay…

  8. Kamil_K Avatar

    I called you so many names over time that I have ran out of names. 😛