Cars Then & Now

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1973 Honda Civic
Original Base Price: $2,250
The oil crisis of 1973 created a sudden, huge demand for fuel-efficient vehicles in the U.S. — and the Civic was the right car at the right time. Honda’s tiny 2-door was very basic, equipped with an AM radio, disc brakes, a heater and reclining bucket seats. The Civic’s 1169-cc engine produced 50 horsepower but could deliver 40 mpg on the highway. A 4-speed manual or a 2-speed “Hondamatic” automatic transmission were available.

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