Few cars get the eulogy they deserve after a life of serving us.

But one 1982 Honda Civic was put to rest last week in Inwood, NY, and got a junkyard sendoff worthy of a lifelong friend.

Riddled with rust, the battered and buckled Honda made its way in a New Orleans-style funeral under its own power along Seaman Avenue near 207th Street, where the car had called home for 30 years. Known as "Bluey" for its once sky blue exterior, the car's owner, Harry Ettling, said he was scrapping Bluey out of fear his feet would push through the floor. Of course, from the looks of it, you could push a finger through any of its quarter panels as well.

Through the years, Bluey survived a three-car accident in the '80s and then was flipped by rioters in Washington Heights in 1992. But Ettling always got his Civic up and running again and kept on driving her. In the end, the hatchback had 170,000 miles on its odometer – which may not impress some, but 170,000 New York City miles is like 500,000 country miles.

As the Civic was towed off, Ettling must have thought about all of the good times Bluey had delivered. When asked about getting a new car, Ettling thought it over. "I'm not getting a new car," Ettling told the New York Daily News. "I need time to heal."

Scroll down to check out the funeral procession (complete with band!) and see a second video interview with Bluey's owner.




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      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      I kept the shift knob from my prelude. Still have it in the centre console of my MS3 for good luck and additional VTAK power (15hp mod).
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Quite an emotional experience.
      avconsumer2
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIP Bluey :(
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      After spending just a few days in NYC, I can tell you I would NEVER own a nice car there. IMO you're nuts. They put special bumper protectors on when they park and what not. All you need is reliable transportation. I'm thinking a well used small car would be perfect. If you need something bigger, hale a Escape or NV taxi.
        AE86
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        I been living in NYC all my life. I live right above central park. My car will can never look good because of the environment. I tried the bumper protector thing.. that does not last.. the only real option we have is a parking garagae and that can turn out to be an expensive bill. NYC is NOT car friendly
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I found this video to be rather touching because I don't know if I could do this to something that has been with me about half my life, no matter how rundown it is. It's more rare than the sought after "classics" that people pay big bucks for these days, and that says something. I would want to spruce it up a little, and make it so I am not afraid to fall through the floor. Knowing I would probably never get my money back, if I sold it the next day, would be just one more excuse to hang on to it.
        Brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris
        I wouldn't be able to let it go, either and I also love those old Civics. When I was really young, my grandfather had an inoperable Civic CVCC in his yard that I used to love to sit in and pretend I was driving. Even back then, I thought that the car had a very cool design to it. Occasionally, I look on Ebay for cars like this and some other increasingly rare but not highly sought after classics. One of these days, I will try to buy one just to keep the history alive and to be able to relive what it was like to drive 70's and 80's cars.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's SimpleCar? Oh, that dates me. Anyway, pretty cool to see the folks come out and celebrate. Bye, bye Bluey.
        Pinhead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        Hmmm. I got a Mustang II reference the other day. So I thought I was old, but I have no idea what SimpleCar is all about. Maybe I'm too old.
        Sj027
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        That is an AutoBlog circa 2007-2008 reference to a person who used to comment on here about nothing but how cars should be utilitarian and have interiors just like his Mirage.
          Pinhead
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sj027
          Gotcha ;-) I can relate - I like simple cars. But I think I'd go with something like an aircooled beetle for my standard, rather than a Mitsu Mirage!
      Pinhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good story.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's great. It's a shame that the car is still running and driveable.
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would have a really hard time letting go of a car I had owned for 30 years. I have a pretty hard time letting go after 4 or 5. For anyone interested, if you click on the YouTube link to the second video and look through the poster's other videos, there is an extended version of the funeral procession for Bluey.
      Daniel D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now that is a great community when they can get together and share a bit of fun like that. Good bye bluey.
      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was really nice. Rest in peace, Bluey. It's too bad Soichiro himself isn't around to see this.
      Patch
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's something poetic about that 2009-11 Civic passing by right at the very beginning. RIP, Bluey.
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