The 1982 Honda Civic had been overturned in riots and had its four tires stolen. It sustained major damage during an accident. It logged more than 170,000 miles on its odometer and became a neighborhood fixture.

On Saturday, the 30-year-old car affectionately called "Bluey" by an entire New York City neighborhood was retired to the junkyard.

But not before it received a proper sendoff. Its owner, Harry Ettling, held a New Orleans-style funeral procession up Seaman Avenue near 207th Street. Mourners gathered. Tubas played. A bouquet of flowers rested on Bluey's rusty hood.

"Everybody in the neighborhood knows this car," Ettling tells The New York Daily News. "People have come up to me and said, 'Ever since I was a little toddler, I've been seeing this car on the street.' And that's a beautiful thing."

The car managed the parade route under its own power and received a police escort. A flatbed from A&G Used Auto Parts then hauled the little Honda away.

Cause of death was not engine-related. Rust, which had overtaken most of the body, and had corroded the bottom of the vehicle too. Ettling was afraid his feet would fall through the floor.

Full story: New York Daily News




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      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      This reminds me of the 1964 Ford Falcon my family rode around in while I was growing up. My father bought it the year after I was born (1963). I essentially gew up in that car. It fianlly died in 1976. I cried when it was hauled away. That car was tough as nails. I wish I could find another one like it.
      grtsch6134
      • 2 Years Ago
      a honda off the streets of america? great news!.......good riddance!
      scaryscary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im thinking of one those tv shows should trick this car out.. and return it to the owner!!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      varadarcop
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're cheering and clapping because an awful eyesore is FINALLY out of the neighborhood. I've got a 25 year old Ford that has not one spot of rust, 220,000 miles and runs wonderfully. And, I see Fords everyday made in the 1930's that are in mint condition... so why is a 30 year old rusted out piece of crap Honda so special??
        hgeorgech
        • 2 Years Ago
        @varadarcop
        It was an obvious slow news day .. you are correct, the Honda didn't even come close to other vehicle longevity - many that are older, have far more miles on 'em and are daily drivers!
      neesee
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK. I did cry when I had to sell my 1977 Corvette a few years ago, had it for 18 years...so I can relate to a car funeral. But a Honda Civic? That's just sad.
      William Moriarty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally this eye sore has left our block!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who payed for the Police escort?
      Patti
      • 2 Years Ago
      Your tax $s @ work...but truthfully...I'm glad they did it. My head says, 'save the $,' but my heart says, 'go for it!' Hearts matter, too, & sometimes are worth the price. o;)
      • 2 Years Ago
      IT'S A CAR FOR GOD'S SAKES. PEOPLE!!!! We truly live in a time were people are either nuts or stupid......>_<
      ladunmire
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty darned humourous -- Sounds like something that should have happened in New Orleans !!!! Clever!!
      Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can feel for them. We were told a while back in SCHOL, to only buy the GREAT JAPANESE CARS. Like most things make in america, we were told its junk. Now we are being told to get into the GREAT LITTLE gas saving cars from CHINA. No one ever would care about american junk cars.
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