A change from the ordinary old Civic.
The coupe market isn't what it once was. Nowadays, people want crossovers and they're willing to pay extra for them. Automakers are more than happy to oblige. But the types of cars that have since been sacrificed were once popular, especially affordable sporty coupes like the Honda Del Sol.
Based on the Civic and Acura Integra at the time, the two-seater Del Sol was launched in 1992 in multiple countries, including the US, Europe, and Japan. As the successor to the highly regarded CRX, the Del Sol had some big shoes to fill and Honda knew it. One way designers made the new model stand out was its removable targa hardtop that's very conveniently stowed in the trunk.
There's also a retractable side window. A range of small but powerful enough inline-four engines were available, though not all were offered in every country. In the US, it came with the 1.5- and 1.6-liter VTEC engines with power going directly to the front wheels via either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox. But enthusiasts desired the 168 horsepower SiR trim, capable of reaching 62 mph from a standstill in 7.5 seconds. That's not extremely fast but impressive enough for something like this. Plus, the Del Sol lineup was fun to drive, especially with the manual.
The Del Sol, however, was kind of a niche model because there was also the Civic coupe. People who bought a Del Sol wanted something with sportier looks, an enhanced driving experience and, of course, that cool targa top.
All Del Sols were built in Japan until 1998. There was no immediate successor, though the hybrid CR-Z three-door hatchback came several years later, in 2010. The Del Sol is still beloved today and this particular one up for sale at Michigan's JDM Sport Classics is a rare find.
It's an SiR trim that comes with the power "TransTop," a system that automatically stores the targa top into trunk. It's not easy finding Del Sols with this system these days, especially one from its home country. This one has just 85,699 verified miles, a five-speed manual, and a Momo steering wheel. Its blue exterior and grey interior appear to be in solid overall condition. The price? A somewhat high $16,995. Still, this thing is rare and it's a JDM version. Those factors alone might be worth the cost.