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June 16th 2012

Dan Lokun

I just received my new (old) British coupe.

Once upon a time, I vainly pursued a mint Jensen Healey I had lusted after. I also acquired a Jaguar or two. But now it's time for something completely different, a Honda Civic designated the EP3.

The EP3 was part of the 7th generation roll-out of the ubiquitous Honda Civics but was the only variant built exclusively in the UK and purposely built to compete in the European "hot hatch" market.

Dan Lokun

Dan Lokun

The EP3 is a lightweight, high-revving, feisty, little overachiever making ample use of technology to tweak the most punch out of its tiny 4-cylinder engine. The EP3's sportiness is not what you expect in a Honda Civic. The EP3 is more Acura RSX than Honda Civic in feeling.

Dan Lokun

The EP3 was only available with standard shifting (dash mounted), IRS, Momo sourced steering wheel and Recaro sourced seats and for a few years it dominated the European "hot hatch" market.

Dan Lokun

Dan Lokun

The EP3 was built exclusively by Honda UK at Honda's plant at Swindon (midway between Bristol and Reading) as a UK/Europe market destined car (the 2nd generation Honda Civic Type-R). However, by popular demand, it was also tweeked for export to America (as the Honda Civic Si) and to Canada (as the Honda Civic SiR) and Japan (as the Honda Type-R "JDM").

The SiR was mixed in with the gamut of other 7th generation Civics, which we know as those grey, uninspired daily drivers. Sadly, the SiR was trumped in Canada by the simultaneous launch of the Acura RSX which had basically the same engine with more luxury and prestige and all for less money.

Like the Citroen Traction Advants built in Slough or the many Fords made at Dagenham (London), Honda UK injects some British quirkiness and pep into a non-British marque.

EP3 is an example of the tuning madness that is commonly used by Honda in Japan but kept in Japan and often not allowed to slip into pedestrian Canada.


Dan Lokun

The UK built Civic Type-R was good enough to be exported from the UK to Japan in a JDM ("Japanese Domestic Market") variant in top of the line trim and with performance tweaks. Strangely, there was one car dealer in the UK which was allowed to sell the Type-Rs in JDM spec as Japanese imports to the UK (although having never touched the shores of Japan) as grey market sleepers for the British fans with large wallets. Many of the JDM variant of the Civic Type-Rs that did burn up the roads of Japan have now have been on extended "walkabouts" from UK to Japan and then into the caring hands of Australian enthusiasts.

I was looking for a daily driver car - a wreck basically - when I found this gem. I knew nothing about the existence of Honda UK. I never gave Hondas a second look and, frankly, the person who researched, pursued and fettled this SiR was the seller. I can only credit blind luck and a hot tip from a BSCCoC (Lotus driving) member that his neighbour (100s of miles from where I live) was in a selling mood which ultimately led to the deal coming to fruition.

This SiR variant was sold in Canada only from 2002 to 2004 and in relatively small numbers (for Honda) and so chances are it is destined is become a future classic. It is an uncommon car in Canada and many were abused, crashed and parted out.

My "new" SiR is stock and will wear its BSCCofC regalia and eventually the correct, Japanese-made Union Jack emblem (an OEM Honda Part) to flaunt the fact that this is a genuine, uncommon British car.

Dan Lokun

I was told that, in the US, most Si owners traded-in their racy little Hondas for a Lotus Elise: now that's a good sign!

If you find a SiR in good nick - grab it while you can, but, watch out, your teenage kids may want to borrow it!

Dan Lokun

Check out:
2002 Canadian Auto Review Test Drive
2002 Autos.Ca Test Drive
2004 Autos.Ca Test Drive
2004 Top Gear Review of Civic Type-R
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