1997 Honda Torneo SiR
The Honda Torneo was derived from the Accord platform, boasting sport-compact styling, a punchy DOHC VTEC 2.0 and a responsive tiptronic automatic gearbox. Finished in Vogue Silver (NH-583M), the exterior on our 1997 definitely stands up to the sport sedan designation, with some subtle OEM aero giving this four-door enough flair to stand out from commuter-spec Accords. Wider factory bodywork works to define the silhouette of this Torneo, and a factory rear illuminated spoiler turns heads wherever it goes! With only 76k verified/documented miles on the clock this Torneo is fresh off a recent service by our trained technicians and ready to keep chugging along for tens of thousands of miles of staunch Honda reliability. Dependable, stylish, and undoubtedly unique, this feisty four door is nothing less than a true Japanese Classic!
The interior is clean and was clearly well kept by its prior Japanese owner. Like other sedans of the time, this cabin packs all the quality and amenities you've come to expect from Honda, with features like standard dual SRS airbags providing plenty of safety behind the wheel. The driver additionally benefits from a tilt adjustable steering column, and an electronic power steering adjustment knob allows you to dial in the steering weight manually to aid in anything from performance drives to around town cruises. The OEM patterned cloth upholstery shows nicely, with no notable rips, tears, or stains to be found. Aside from some minor bolster wear on the driver's seat the cabin is definitely in great shape for its age, as evidenced by the crack-free dash and clean complementary tortoise trim accents. The center stack houses functional OEM audio and a simple to use automatic climate control unit, ripe with cold A/C for uninterrupted summer cruising! Honda had a knack for innovation with the Accord platform, and this Torneo features a slew of power amenities, with power windows, power locks, and power folding mirrors all functional and at the ready. The rear seats are in good nick and should transport three additional passengers with no hesitation, and the trunk has plenty of additional cargo space. Aside from some wear to the touch points and some residue and light cuts on the dash from a prior phone mount installation, there's not much to gripe with when it comes to interior condition, and the original owner's manual and numerous maintenance booklets are on hand to further protect your investment!
American Hondas of the time were never spoiled quite like the brand's Japanese lineup, and the power-packed F20B DOHC under the hood further exemplifies that statement. The motor fires up with a twist of the key, care of a new 12v battery, and idles confidently. Our technicians have performed some key maintenance on this one to keep it up to snuff, with a fresh timing belt, water pump, and tensioner. We've also resealed the motor, topping it off with a fresh valve cover gasket to ensure you won't sweat a drop of lubricant. A new oil pump keeps the internals well lubricated, and we installed a new thermostat to assist with thermal management. The transmission shifts smoothly and the pseudo-sequential manual mode works flawlessly! The suspension is compliant and surprisingly soft for such a sporty sedan. A replacement of the front right axle boot gives the driveline a slight refresh, and the Falken rubber on all four corners is knee deep in tread and should deliver plenty of grip and comfort where it matters most.
*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.