1983 Honda City Turbo II comes with greatest factory option ever

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Honda’s oh-so-1980s solution to urban mobility

Inner-city hatchbacks don’t usually get the blood rushing. In fact, its generally the opposite as they’re usually designed a mere mode of transport, devoid of any defining characteristics or quirks. But that wasn’t always the case.

Take this 1983 Honda City Turbo II for instance; it was Honda’s high-performance variant to their throroughly-1980s solution to inner-city mobility. A turbocharged widebody subcompact hatchback that came with a foldup motorcycle in the boot!

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It’s currently up for auction on the American online auction site, Bring-A-Trailer.

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Similar to the classic mini, the original Honda City’s ‘tallboy’ design allowed for the comfortable seating of four adults despite its sub-3.4 metre length. For maximum efficiency, the little City was propelled by a frugal and uninspiring 49kW 1.2lt inline-four.

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The little three-door was configured as a civilian sedan, or even as a commercial ‘van’ offering with a two-seater option for increased load-lugging capability. Some were even exported to Australia, although solely in the commercial two-seater configuration in order to circumvent passenger vehicle import restrictions at the time.

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A turbocharged sporting variant was launched in 1982, named the Honda City Turbo. The City Turbo II joined the lineup in 1983 with flared guards, graphics, an intercooler, larger throttle body, and other engine modifications, which lifted power to 81kW. Power was sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transaxle.

The accompanying Motocompo motorcycle remains Honda’s smallest motorcycle ever, and a cult classic in its own right. Marketed as a "trunk bike", the Honda City’s boot compartment was actually specifically designed around the 49cc 1.8kW Motocompo. Around 53,000 Motocompos were sold between 1981 and 1983, and came in white, yellow and red.

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This fetching Windsor Blue example was imported to the US and was acquired by the current seller in May 2018. Since then, he has added about 2,000kms to the odometer which currently reads 48,000kms.

2018 works included a fuel tank clean, new fuel filter and pump; while both the car and the trunk bike received a service and fluid change more recently this year.

In-line with its very sympathetic odometer reading, the little Honda City Turbo II remains in near factory-fresh condition.

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Original owner’s manuals, service invoices and clean Arizona titles for both vehicles will accompany the sale.

At the time of writing, five days are left on the auction with the current high-bid registered at US$13,000, which equates to AU$18,159 at the current exchange rate.

Check it out on Bring-A-Trailer here!

 

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