Honda Del Sol
Welcome to the third installment of the ongoing series, will it be a Classic or Not? where I’ll raise the question of whether a car will become (or already is) a classic. You can give a simple yes or no answer or answer however you like. Feel free to speak your mind!
Today’s question is the Honda Del Sol (a.k.a. Civic Del Sol & CRX Del Sol) which was built from 1992-1998. The name Del Sol means “of the sun” referring to it’s targa top, 2-seat, roadster-esque layout. It was a funky, little car from a maker that hadn’t had much funk in their lineup at the time. It had a front-mounted 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, available in Si and SiR trim.
In 1995, the Civic moniker was dropped in the U.S. and the Del Sol moniker was dropped from the European market and became solely CRX.
In the first year, it sold just under 26,000 units in the U.S. and from then, sales decreased each year it was in production. In 1997, only 5,600 cars were sold totaling less than 75,000 throughout its run.
Being popular among teenagers, they are prone to being tuned, mistreated, and crashed, so those numbers are quickly dwindling. The number of stock cars in decent shape is probably somewhere in the 20,000 range.
So the question is, will it be a classic or not?
Photos via David Clanton.