Geo Prizms have featured prominently on these pages – they’re regarded with nearly godlike status around these parts. Reliable, flexible, economical and surprisingly quick, the Prizm represented a good value when new, and due to it’s lack of a Toyota badge, a fantastic value on the used market.
But lets face it – most Prizms were used as a transportation appliance – poorly maintained then discarded with little life left. So when one in nice shape shows up for sale, it’s a fairly rare occurrence – and usually those nice rides are hobbled by the truly horrible 3-speed automatic. But for today, when Lee from Portland Oregon left a comment on a post here, letting us all know of his well kept, 5 speed Prizm… and again caused your humble correspondent much angst.
Did I mention last week that Honda also produced a 5-door version of the Integra? No, well here’s one…
Sadly, not only is the Integra nameplate gone, replaced by a meaningless and stupid combination of letters and hyphens, the compact Acura hatchback is no more as well. On that positive note, have a great week, Hatchtopians!
The concept of a luxury compact car was a foreign one on these shores. The first generation Acura Integra helped introduce the idea to the United States in 1986. Based on the Civic, but offering more power and equipment, the Integra anchored the lower end of the Acura line, but was priced close to Accord territory. Despite this, they sold pretty well, and being a Honda, if the sheetmetal hasn’t rusted way entirely, the chances are pretty good that the car is still serving daily driver duty. Like this one…
It’s the first week in July – stay cool Hatchtopians.
The term “salvage auction” probably brings up all sorts of horrible images in one’s mind. Completely destroyed cars that look as though they’ve been run over by a Caterpillar D9 or perhaps used as Satan’s barbeque grill. Every once in a while, there’s a diamond in the rough. Today is one of those days.