It's always fun to cruise different global eBay Motors sites and check out the cars that we never got here. Thankfully, America's 25-year import limit on cars means that some of the rarities from the 80s are finally legal on these shores. This 1985 Honda City Turbo II is a great example of a fun, little car that we never got new but can be made legal here now.

The City was basically the Japanese company's '80s equivalent of today's Fit, albeit significantly smaller. The little urban runabout was so popular in its basic form that Honda decided to take things up a notch and turbocharge it. That car sold enough to warrant an even higher performance version called the Turbo II, which added an intercooler and the flared fenders you see here. The latter helped it earn the nickname "bulldog" for its boxy, aggressive appearance.

Honda claimed at the time that its little 1.2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder produced 109 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque with a five-speed manual. In a car that weights just 1,620 pounds, you can imagine it was a very entertaining little package.

This particular car features a black interior with blue and gray sport seats, which are hidden under some ugly vinyl seat covers. It also has some very '80s features like a digital speedometer and an upgraded stereo that appears to be from sometime during the Me Decade.

What's especially nice about this example is that thanks to the America's 25-year auto import rule, the seller, Japanese Customs, says it is completely road legal. The auction listing notes that the comes with the U.S. Customs Release, Virginia title and registration. While bidding current sits at $4,050 with five days to go and no reserve, the seller is asking $8,950 for the car from its website, so it might be possible to pick it up at a bargain.

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      It says \'Turbo II\' on the side I\'m sold...
      Jarod Forney
      • 10 Months Ago
      While this is cool, and i really like City turbo, A freaking pristine yellow Honda Beat passed me the other day, my god it looked so small on the road with even a fiat 500 behind it, had the top down though, i wanted to follow him and ask him about, but i just hope he shows up at cars & coffee instead. i had the biggest smile on my face when i saw that car, RHD and was so cool looking.
      • 10 Months Ago
      I love this car. I wish we could get more Japanese/Europe only hot hatches.
      Cool Disco Dan
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      Love the Semi Truck like shifter.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Does anyone know how fast this car is 0-60 and 1/4mile? I know its nothing epic and that its purpose is fun on the twisties. I'm just curious.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Oh hey, an interesting Honda. Don't see those too often nowadays.
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      May the Honda boys circle jerk begin. "Remember when this car company used to make cars like this?"; "Yeah, sooo cool jdm bro!!!" *Jerk, jerk, jerk*
        • 10 Months Ago
        @JohnR, it may be worse because they're doing it in the chrysler service dept waiting area while their transmissions are being replaced at 40K miles
      The Wasp
      • 10 Months Ago
      That looks so much cooler than anything Honda sells today...
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wow, I would by that over a Bugatti if I had the money.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Forbidden please.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Pretty nostalgic for me. I was born in Japan in '83 and lived there until '90 before moving from and back to Japan a number of times in the 90's. I'd see cars like this everywhere in Japan. Given the specs, they seem to fit the segment as a compact given a Honda Civic was considered a 'midsize' in Japan. Kei cars are smaller and have 660cc max displacements and even had smaller engines back in the day. While cool, I wouldn't want to really drive this among USDM cars in American traffic. These JDM compacts are small, light, and chintzy. The JDM's safety regulations to this day are also more lenient than the US' due to the fact the Japanese drive much slower in average. What I'm basically saying is that this thing is not very safe for American roads. Probably great to scoot around a city or a track, but it really wouldn't fare too well otherwise.
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