Here's another find that reminds me of my approaching decrepitude. When I first saw this, I thought it was a rare first generation import; then I realized that it was a specimen of one of the most common cars on US roads when I was growing up: the first-generation Honda Civic (this one is from before 1978). I had never stopped to ponder, till now, how rare these once ubiquitous cars have become. Circa 1980, they were as common as VW Bugs, and were very highly regarded for their reliability & value. However, they never really became the cultural phenomenon the Bug did. Unlike the Bug, these were simply regarded as cheap transportation, and, if the majority shared the fate of those driven by my family, were passed from broke family member to broke family member and driven into the ground till eventually few were left roadworthy, and, unlike Bugs, there was no cult of owners who religiously extended the lives of their vehicles and continued to drive them as a fashion statement.