Rare Rides: The 1984 Honda City, a Microscopic Cabriolet From Japan

Image: 1984 Honda City CabrioletOur last Rare Ride was a little first-generation Honda Civic from 1977. Since everyone seemed to like that little red box, today we bring you a little blue box from Honda. It’s a bit newer, and also a bit worse.

It’s the Honda City, and other applicable adjectives include Cabriolet and Pininfarina.

Image: 1984 Honda City CabrioletThe first Honda City appeared in Japan in 1981 and was unusual on the Kei market. Sporting boxy styling which Honda called “Tall Boy,” the City had a raised roofline allowing for a more upright seating position.

Image: 1984 Honda City CabrioletThis meant the City had legroom that compared favorably with cars in a larger size class. An instant hit in the Japanese market, the City was exported around the world — often labeled as the Jazz.

Image: Honda City Motocompo Scooter

In addition to the Cabriolet, there were two, four, and five-seater versions (both hatchback and van varieties), and even one which came with a folding Honda Motocompo scooter mounted in the back. The extra weight certainly didn’t help motivate the City. Under its hood was a 1,231 cc, 44-horsepower inline-four engine.

Image: 1984 Honda City CabrioletThe first-gen City was on the market between 1981 and 1986, and the Cabriolet joined the lineup in 1984. Built on the wide-body Turbo II version of the City, the Cabriolet was never available with a turbocharged engine.

Image: 1984 Honda City CabrioletPossibly one of the worst hinged trunks ever designed, the trunklid does not assist with the loading and unloading of cargo.

Image: 1984 Honda City CabrioletThe awkward Pininfarina styling came with many standard features, and even a glass rear window. There were also 12 color choices that were off-limits to hatchback buyers. It looks like this one has air conditioning, which would’ve been installed by the Honda Clio dealership where it was first sold.

Image: 1984 Honda City CabrioletJapan was the only market to receive the Cabriolet, and only from 1984 to 1986. Future generations of the City did not have a convertible version.

Image: 1984 Honda City CabrioletThis one is available in the pious and fireproof city of Los Angeles, and is a bit worse for wear. The seller is asking $3,2oo, which doesn’t seem that bad considering the trouble and expense one would have to go to in order to import an example from Japan.

Image: 1984 Honda City CabrioletAnd you can tell people you own a car designed by Pininfarina.

[Images via seller, Wikipedia]