1996 Honda Acty Van

Available for: $13,495


Shortly developed after WWII, low-displacement Japanese city cars were developed in an attempt to rebuild the war-ravaged island and provide the country's populace with inexpensive, four-wheel transportation. Fast forward seventy years later and the segment still accounts for a large percentage of domestic sales. Kei vehicles like this 1996 Acty are stylish, fuel efficient, and a whole lot cooler than most anything you'll see on the roadways these days. This Street V trim level van is finished in a stunning Vogue Silver Metallic (NH583-M) and set off by polished front and rear OEM polished bumper guards, spicy OEM side graphics, privacy tint, and OEM rainguards. Aside from some light dings and chips, the paint is in good nick overall. Fresh off a recent service, this fun little runabout is offered with a mere 85k verified and documented miles on the clock. For those looking to run a few errands, shuttle some friends about town, or hit up a Cars and Coffee, this Honda is ideal!  Useful, frugal, and unique, these timeless micro vans are true Japanese Classics in every sense of the term.

The cabin is surprisingly spacious for a vehicle with such a small external footprint. Outward visibility is as good as it gets thanks to tons of glass and the cabover design. The dash is in good nick and includes a useful glovebox, a centrally mounted OEM audio system, and a climate control unit. Both of these items work as advertised with the latter delivering hot heat and cold A/C on demand. Rear occupants benefit from privacy tint, which also adds to the aesthetic. The seats are in above-average shape and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. They are comfortable and the middle row can be folded flat to increase the Acty's cargo capacity. Manual windows, locks, and side mirrors are less likely to break compared to complicated electric ones. The headliner is in good nick as are the door cards, but we did want to note a few accessory mounting holes and scratches in the cargo area. On the positive side, the carpets are in good nick and all-weather mats from Japan are included in the sale.  

These little vans are only about ten feet long, so the engine's design has to be creative to minimally affect the passenger cell. Honda, a brand known for innovation and ergonomics certainly nailed the packaging. A tiny, fuel-injected version of the E07A three-cylinder sits mid-mounted and low in the chassis. This aids balance and also maximizes the interior volume. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 656cc mill whirrs to life with the twist of a key, thanks to a new 12v battery we chucked in. Power is fed to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. Like an S2000, the shift gate is close and precise and feels akin to a toggle switch. Rowing through the gears is rewarding, and this rear driver offers much better acceleration than comparable 4WD models. It's also more efficient and has a better top speed. Easy to maneuver around the city and park, this Acty boasts a turning radius smaller than your kid's Fisher-Price. The simple driveline has been rehabbed with a new right front control arm and a set of brand-new rear shocks. It handles potholes and road imperfections as well as any Kei vehicle can, and the braking is incredible thanks to the light curb weight. The wheels were wrapped in new rubber at all four corners to complete the reconditioning, They'll last for tens of thousands of miles to come and quiet down the ride nicely! 

*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.

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