A mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive Civic with a V-6 and a manual transmission can be yours

The Honda Civic is one of the most iconic cars that’s ever been built. The Civic has been around since the early 70s and is going strong even today. There’s no denying that the car has a loyal fan base, especially amongst enthusiasts, and one of the main reasons for is its mod-friendly nature. You pick any generation of the Honda Civic and you’ll find plenty of examples with bespoke customizations. One such example is this 1984 model.

This third-gen Civic has gone through numerous mods, and the biggest of them includes a heart transplant. It is one of the rare examples that was converted to a mid-engined layout around three decades back and it is now on sale on Bring-a-Trailer.com.

They Put the Engine Where?

Unique Car For Sale: Mid-Engined 1984 Honda Civic Drivetrain
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Speaking about the most important aspect of this car, it features a mid-engined, rear-drive layout.

The conversion was done by Andy Barcheck, a hot-rod builder from Bremerton, Washington between 1987 and 1992. The car originally featured a 2.5-liter Acura engine, but it was replaced by a 3.2-liter, V-6 mill, also from an Acura. The seller hasn’t mentioned the power figures, but if he hasn’t been played around with it, then it makes 260 horses and 232 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transaxle sourced from an Acura CL Type S.

The engine is mounted behind the seats in a carpeted and insulated compartment.
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It also sits on a custom rear sub-frame. The change in the layout also saw changes made to the suspension system. It is based on Datsun 240Z components with custom-fabricated adjustable rear A-arms, as well as coilovers at all four corners. New dampers were further installed in 2018. What used to be an engine bay before now houses the fuel tank. Battery, toolbox, and a collapsible spare wheel are also present over here. Apart from this, a strut tower brace and adjustable camber plates were also added.

What’s Different On The Outside?

Unique Car For Sale: Mid-Engined 1984 Honda Civic Exterior
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If you compare it to the stock third-gen Honda Civic, it looks quite different. It is finished in metallic grey/silver shade. Up front, it features a hood scoop and Moromito HID headlamps. Boxy fender flares with vents connected by custom rocker moldings were fabricated from steel during the initial build. The windows feature a light ceramic tint as well.

Unique Car For Sale: Mid-Engined 1984 Honda Civic Exterior
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Apart from this, the car rides on period-specific 15-inch Enkei “salad shooter” wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires measuring 205/50 at the front and 225/50 at the back. It has disc brakes with finned calipers on all four corners, which are reportedly sourced from a Corvette C4. Capping off the exterior changes are twin exhaust tips peeping out at the rear.

The Interior Isn’t All That Different?

Unique Car For Sale: Mid-Engined 1984 Honda Civic Interior
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This two-seater car features bolstered sport seats trimmed in two-tone gray micro-suede fabric. The driver’s seat offers power adjustment as well. A roll bar is mounted on the B-pillars and it houses a fire extinguisher. The other changes include:

  • A Pioneer CD Player
  • Instrument Cluster With A 120-mph Speedometer
  • Two Sets of Auxiliary Gauges

The odometer currently shows 9,400 miles, although the seller has driven 10,000 miles in the last 12 years. The site also mentions that the actual chassis mileage is unknown.

Final Thoughts

Unique Car For Sale: Mid-Engined 1984 Honda Civic Exterior
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The seller has been changing the oil annually under his ownership. He also installed new CV joints and axles in late 2019. The seller is also giving away a set of removed Acura seats installed during the initial build. As for the documents and paperwork, the shop manuals, service records, build photos, and articles featuring the car are included.

This example has a Washington State title in the seller’s name. Before him, the car has had three owners. The bid for this 1984 mid-engined Civic stands at $35,250 at the time of writing. You can head over to Bring-a-Trailer’s site and place your bid if you’d like to become the owner of this rare mid-engined Civic.

Source: Bring-a-Trailer

Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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