1995 Honda Integra DC1
For a fun yet frugal competitor to other manual front-drive offerings on the market, consider this DC1 Integra. Beloved for years as an economical two-door hatch with a penchant for performance, the Integra is often prized for its bulletproof reliability, handsome styling, and ease of maintenance and modification. Our 1995 is a fine example, born in the land of the rising sun and recently refreshed here stateside. Finished in Granada Black Pearl (NH-503P) the exterior shows well, with no major defects to note aside from some stone chips, dings, and light cracking on the fender lips. Sporting Honda's instantly recognizable spider eyed front end, this Integra is set off by OEM rainguards, Acura badging, and a set of 15" aftermarket alloys. With 82k verified miles on the clock, this DC1 has a long and fruitful life ahead of it on stateside shores, and is an affordable Japanese Classic worth a spot in any enthusiast's garage.
The interior features timeless styling, and judging by the look of this one the previous owner clearly cared for it in the car's prior life. A tad different from stateside offerings, the factory upholstery is trimmed in a two tone black and grey sport cloth. Apart from some light bolster wear and separation on the driver's side, there's not much to complain about as the fabric has held up quite well over the years. The driver benefits from a tilt adjustable steering column, as well, and a genuine Type R steering wheel that still feels great in the palm despite some age related cracking on the leather. The center stack is ripe with equipment, the most beneficial being a US spec headunit, with Bluetooth capability ripe and ready to stream your favorite tunes throughout the cabin. Positioned above the radio is a climate control unit, that blasts hot heat for the winter ahead. Sadly the A/C has given up the ghost. The dash is clean and in good nick, with no cracks, peeling, or UV damage to be found. This relatively barebones coupe still has plenty of amenities present to make daily use a bit easier, and power windows, power locks, and power mirrors all work at the push of a button. For a two door vehicle, the hatchback design helps rear passengers get a little extra headroom, and the rear bench can still fold all the way down to accommodate some extra cargo in the trunk as well. Overall, this cabin is nicely apportioned for whatever use you desire, and it's managed to resist any serious signs of wear outside of some missing trunk trim and a missing spare. We've even retained the original carpeted floormats to protect your precious factory upholstery underneath from unwanted spills and stains.
Under the hood, the single-cam ZC powerplant remains a reliable option. Although this variant was never offered to the US market, parts and servicing is shared with the Honda Civic 1.6, making the ownership experience a breeze! On top of that, our trained technicians have already completed some necessary maintenance to get this one turn-key ready for the road ahead. A new 12v battery cranks this one over swiftly, and this pint-size powerhouse has not only had a timing belt and water pump job performed, but a new headgasket and valve stem seals as well! Further keeping temperatures in check is a new thermostat, and a new valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket prevents this one from losing any unwanted drops of lubrication after our fresh oil and filter service. The ignition system has been fully serviced, care of a new distributor cap and rotor, and new spark plugs across the board keep this one running right as rain. Acceleration leaves little to be desired, although this won't deliver Honda's characteristic hefty DOHC punch, but with a 5 speed gearbox on hand you can really make the most of the powerband. A Tanabe Medallion catback exhaust has been mounted up to significantly increase the exhaust note without being too overbearing, and we think it sounds great! We've shored up the running gear a bit, with a new clutch delivering reliable and responsive shifts every time, and new front left and right engine torque mounts stiffen up any unwanted slop in the drivetrain. The brakes bite hard thanks to new pads and rotors up front but we feel this Integra could use a suspension refresh, as the ride quality is a bit on the firm side and the struts make a bit of noise. If all the above maintenance wasn't enough, we've even mounted up new Falken rubber at all four corners and given her a fresh four-wheel alignment to deliver plenty of grip for tens of thousands of miles to come!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.