May 9, 2023
BEMUS PT., N.Y. – I guess we could have titled this one “UnRealRides of WNY.” This 1976 Honda Civic has had a few modifications since leaving the factory. I would’ve thought having just the one wheel at the back would have classified it as a motorcycle, but the dealer plate back there doesn’t look like a bike plate (or is it?). From the angle I was first approaching this thing last summer at the Fall Festival Cruise-In, it looked like a pickup truck conversion, but then I realized that if it was, the whole back end was missing! Check out the cover of the brochure for the very similar ’75 Civic below. I don’t imagine that this is what they thought things were coming to. Lol. Inside they mentioned the Civic’s impressive gas mileage (28 city/41 highway), the latter of which sounded more like a motorcycle MPG figure back then. Below is also another photo from that brochure in case you’ve forgotten what the back of the car actually looked like when new.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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