1983 Honda Accord LX Sedan. On Loan from Honda of America Manufacturing., Inc.

Summary

For decades, most Americans thought small cars were cheap and should be cheap. In the 1980s, the Honda Accord challenged that attitude. It was similar in price to the Chevrolet Impala, which was three feet longer with twice the horsepower. But the Honda was well built and reliable and included extras like air conditioning, cruise control, a cassette tape player, and a rear window defroster. Sales steadily increased.

For decades, most Americans thought small cars were cheap and should be cheap. In the 1980s, the Honda Accord challenged that attitude. It was similar in price to the Chevrolet Impala, which was three feet longer with twice the horsepower. But the Honda was well built and reliable and included extras like air conditioning, cruise control, a cassette tape player, and a rear window defroster. Sales steadily increased.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1983

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

IL.5.1

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Gray (Color)

Specifications

Make & Model: 1983 Honda Accord LX sedan. On loan from Honda of America Manufacturing., Inc

Maker: Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., Marysville, Ohio

Engine: inline-4, overhead cam, 107 cubic inches

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Height: 54 inches

Wheelbase: 96.5 inches

Width: 65 inches

Overall length: 174 inches

Weight: 2179 pounds

Horsepower: 75 at 4500 revolutions per minutes

Pounds per horsepower: 29.1

Price: $8,645

Average 1983 wage: $17,524 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 6 months

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