Call It A Throwback: The Smooth Honda Wagon

In the hot rod and custom world, building cars in period correct ’50s and ’60s ways has been popular for a long time.

Visit an event like Billetproof or the Suede Palace at the Grand National Roadster Show, and you’ll see countless cars replicating techniques and styling elements from bygone eras.


Having witnessed it for myself, I’ve always wondered when the American import/sport compact scene was going to start returning back to the styles of the late ’90s and early 2000s. Because everything comes back around eventually, doesn’t it?


That brings me to a 1995 Honda Accord Wagon that was being shown at Wekfest San Jose last weekend. It’s a build inspired in equal parts by turn of the century import show cars and the contemporary custom truck scene.


Along with the custom copper orange paint job and airbag suspension, the Accord has also been shaved, smoothed and fitted with a set of RH Evolution wheels that instantly take one back to the early ’00s.


The wagon makes no bones about its show car ambitions, and the interior is loaded up with custom leather upholstery, color-matched accents and of course a whole bunch of aftermarket audio equipment.


The rear cargo area has also been completely overhauled with custom audio housings and color-matched tanks for the air suspension setup.


And then there’s perhaps the best feature – a fully functioning rag top that’s way cooler than any standard-issue sunroof.


Obviously this car wasn’t built for performance, but that hasn’t stopped the owner from swapping out the original single cam, four-cylinder engine for a H22A DOHC VTEC setup, one that’s been completely plated and color-matched from top to bottom.


Will other builders start returning to the early 2000s show car style anytime soon? I’m not so sure. But I do know that this smooth looking Accord had great attention to detail and was a welcome breath of fresh air in a hall of mega stretched tires, fender flares and carbon fiber GT wings.

Thumbs up to the builder/owner for keeping it real and doing something different.

Mike Garrett
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definitely a nice ride....I really love the C5's....I wish I could find a pristine set.


I dig it and wagons in general. Gotta wonder if that's a ragtop sunroof unit that's been adapted out of an old VW bus. Sure looks it. And there are a couple NvUS crew cars around the corner from where I work. They've got some nice cars!


Definitely appreciate the build but there is just one thing i'm curios about and that's the auto shifter its like the only thing that hasn't been colour matched or swapped out for a novelty shifter
I cant be the only one whose eyes went straight for that. 

props to the builder though much effort went into this build. definitely getting a fast'n'furious vibe


@Taylor In the late 80's and early 90's Mazda made their 121 compact hatchback with the same style of roof they called it a "fun top", very cool to see someone fit that style of roof to an accord wagon.


This car brings back great memories for me of the early 2000's when one of my flat mates had one of these wagons with massive boot audio install with PS2 and low static ride height on coil overs.


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You can buy aftermarket or universal rags. Big in the mknitruck community.
This wagon is rad


I still want another late 80s civic hatch...I want a clean era
build...H22, turbo, etc... Like Shaun Carlsons CRX back in the late 90s
with or without the graphics (i actually loved the mini truck style
graphics on it)....The next era build for me would be a tube chassis
Civic like the one Shaun built for Papadakis


btw..I know Im showing my age haha, Back then I was street racing my 65 Comet, daily drove my 88 civic on Lifts (hydraulics) and had a lifted Ford Ranger...


It may be slow, but at least it has it's own style! It's different from the all the near-identical cars you see at shows today. And that interior seems like such a nice place to be in! :)


" Thumbs up to the builder/owner for keeping it real and doing something different." 
Is it considered different if it was popular 15 years ago?


This is not a build type I would personally pursue but, you cannot deny the passion and attention to detail. Love the custom roof and interior appointments. Job well done!


ogi1der By contemporary standards, yes. When I first look at it, it looks like an amalgamation of a typical West Coast lowrider and tuner Honda combination. Both styles are still done today. So it doesn't really strike me as "15 years ago."

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Man, this brings me back to the days when I had a subscription to Super Street Magazine back around 1998.  There were a lot of Hondas done up this way, except they didn't have bagged suspension.  I miss that stuff a bit.  It was really cool for the times, other than the graphics and some of the colors though.  :0)

Those wheels look like Racing Hart C5's.  Man, I'd love a set of those these days.  Hell, I'd like a set of a lot of different wheels from that time.  They actually fit right!


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