Honda made its entrance in the US automobile market on a 2-cylinder 600cc runabout. Prior to 1973, Honda was known for its motorbikes and motorcycles. But, all that changed when they introduced a fun and space efficient four passenger car in 1973. The Honda Civic broke new ground in the auto industry by offering gas conscious consumers a compact vehicle that could get 40 mpg on the highway. Japanese Engines for Sale, Honda Civic in particular are very affordable, call now for a free quote.
The 70 cubic inch (1,169cc) inline 4-cylinder engine put out 50 horsepower. That doesn’t sound like much, but the Civic only weighed 1500 lbs, and the engine had 0.71 horsepower per cubic inch so it turned out to be a peppy little car.
The Ford Pinto and Chevy Vega tried to give the Civic a run for the money, but for $2,200 the Civic got people where they were going cheaper than the Detroit models. By 1974 there was a 52 horsepower 1,237 cc Honda engine. The Honda grew in size due to the new bumper impact standard, but even then it was well on its way to becoming a little import superstar.
Honda showed their engineering skills when they introduced the Controlled Vortex Combustion Chamber (CVCC) in 1975. The CVCC displaced 1,488 cc and cranked out 53 horsepower. The CVCC eliminated the need for a catalytic converter or the use of unleaded fuel in order to meet emission standards. Every other car had to conform and change to exhaust catalysts and unleaded fuel. The Honda was the only car that met California’s strict emission standards that year.
By the early 1980s, the base Civic engine had morphed into the “1300,” which was a 1,335 cc, CVCC 55 horsepower beauty, but Honda also offered a 67 horsepower 1,488 cc engine they called the “1500” in those days. Three transmissions were offered, but the 4-speed manual was the base transmission.
In 1985, the hot CRX- Si was introduced. It was the first 1.5 litre 91 horsepower Honda engine. It could hit 60 mph in 9.0 seconds. The CRX HF engine was an eight valve version of the 1.5 litre engine. It was EPA rated at 52 mpg city and 57 mpg highway.
As the model years passed, the Civic CRX engine produced more horsepower and got better gas mileage. The 125 horsepower VTEC engine appeared in the 1990s with even better fuel economy. We sell Honda Civic engines. For more information email or call Japaneseenginesforsale.com now.