Stephen Chippett’s 1978 Honda Civic (1200)

From Torquay. United Kingdom

Vehicle Specifications
Wheels:13 inch Mk1 Accord Steel Wheels with chrome ring trims
Tires:185x60x13 Pirelli
Transmission:5 speed manual

Performance Modifications
Triumph Acclaim engine (1335cc, same as Mk2 Civic sport) with twin Keihin carburetors. Triumph Acclaim 5 speed gearbox (also same as Mk2 Civic sport). Suspension Slightly Lowered. Electric fuel pump from Mk2 Prelude, Electronic ignition system from Acclaim

Interior Modifications

Exterior Modifications
Re-sprayed original YR33M Honda Bronze with a light gold pearlesscent flip

Sound System
Sony face off stereo radio cassette player.

Triumph Acclaim Facts

The product of a deal made in 1979 between British Leyland Cars and the Japanese firm of Honda, the Triumph Acclaim was essentially a Honda model (known overseas as the Honda Ballade).

The Acclaim was assembled at Cowley although some of it was British sourced and constructed (the interior trim, for instance). Power units and suspension components were supplied ready-assembled direct from Japan, however.

Intended primarily as a stop-gap vehicle between the Dolomite and the new generation Maestro range, the competent little Acclaim was produced only between 1982 and 1984 and was the last British Leyland car to bear the Triumph name.

In 1978 British Leyland made the company part of the specialist group Jaguar-Rover-Triumph Ltd. This union however only lasted a couple of years. Triumph did not last much longer. Jaguar is sold in 1984 and eventually
purchased by Ford in 1989.

The Triumph Acclaim has exactly the same engine and gearbox as a second generation
Honda Civic ‘Sport’ (1982 – 1984).

Triumph Acclaim

Honda Ballade

Triumph Acclaim

Engine Transverse in-line four cylinder, overhead-camshaft
Bore X Stroke 72mm x 82mm
Capacity 1335 cc
Maximum power 70 bhp
Transmission 5 speed manual
Chassis integral
Suspension independent with McPherson struts all round and trailing and transverse links.
Brakes discs front and drums rear.
Bodywork four-door saloon
Max. Speed (approx.) 96mph (155 km)

Many thanks to Chips articles and contribution

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