From the Finnish Bureau Desk at Hooniverse.com comes this cool French hatchback. While a couple of French manufacturers managed to struggle along for a few years in hatchback-unfriendly America, this Citroen has never had a whiff of apple pie or baseball. Shame, too because the tailgate on this ride would have been perfect to use in a pre-game get-together.
Used to be, the Fifth Generation Honda Civic was as common as Bott’s Dots on an LA freeway. A couple of decades of hard commuting miles, unsympathetic secondary market buyers and rust have reduced their numbers significantly. The ones that remain are likely to be fitted with fart-can exhausts and stick-on vents from Pep Boys – so unless you’re in to that sort of thing, potential Civic shoppers looking for a nice example have been mostly out of luck.
If you’re a long-time Hatchtopia reader, you may have been wondering – when are we going to get an explanation of the nebulous Golden Age of Hatchbacks. You may have Googled it, Wikipedia’d it, looked at your local library or landfill – nothing. Today is your lucky day, hatchback historian.
Update (5/4) – The seller has lowered the price to $1250.
Okay, let’s get this out of the way right now – yeah, that’s a lot of rust. Usually the cars featured in the Hawking a Hatch category are in relatively pristine condition – low miles, no body damage, clean interiors. This one is a little different – sure it’s still a rare car nowadays, but this one is featured because of its quarter-million mile odometer reading and the fact that the seller obviously loves this car.
You may recall last week’s post on some of the cool artistic representations of cars that manufacturers produced in the days before Photoshop and computer gimmickry. This week, Hatchtopia visits the more technical side of the drawn automotive form.