So.. Investigating the new toy.Its a March '77 complianced model; possibly amongst the first to get out here since the car magazines were still publishing their first local roadtests at the time. Previously I've always tried to stick with my '79's just to avoid chaos with the multitude of changes Honda made & stick with the EL drivetrain where earlier models had EF or EG drivetrains. It's a 5-speed manual hatch with factory A/C that's covered 268,000km over its 32 years, the owners just getting the clutch done (by a dealer) 2 years ago & having had a changeover rebuilt engine fitted 80,000 km ago! There's minor rust re-appearing on the rear corners of the doors & front fenders where some filler has been tried previously & some more suspicious repairs to check-out on the rear 1/4 behind the left door ( they filled in the side trim holes?), but overall its nice & straight bar door-dings, minor bumper wobbles & dodgey paint and goes and stops nicely but for steering to the left. Though it will still no doubt need a little time & effort to get it properly roadworthy. I'm still spotting the HUNDREDS of tiny differences between it & my '79, at least as much or more than my car would have to an '81 model. From its blanked clock aperture, chrome alloy window-winders, chrome rear seat release, different ventilation controls, "clock" surround trim, AM only radio, minor switches, seatbelts, handbrake linkage, engine, g/box, rear suspension, front panels, grille, grille trims. Even the slider for the door locks is a slightly different shape!