SPOTTED | A mint first-generation Honda Integra seen cruising around in Cape Town

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1986 Honda Integra
1986 Honda Integra
Keanan Gallant

Wheels24 reader Keanan Gallant sent in an image of what a special Honda.

The model was never officially sold in South Africa.

Honda first launched the Integra in 1986.

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More often than not, being in the right place at the right time presents favourable results to the person present in the moment.

Wheels24 reader Keanan Gallant sent us an image of what appears to be a mint first-generation Honda Integra spotted driving on the streets of Cape Town.

The hatchback could be considered a Japanese classic simply because of its age and production in limited numbers from the mid to late 1980s period.

Forbidden fruit

Just a bit of background on the car, Honda first launched the Integra in 1986, and none of the models was ever sold in South Africa though its third-generation B18B engine used in the Type R, is sold at local engine importers across the country.

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Depending on the market, it was sold in three or five-door guise and made use of either 1.5 or 1.6-litre engines. Japanese-specced models made as much as 100kW. The horizontal front and rear lights became a common trait on Integra models over the years. However, this particular model shares a front section similar to that of a third-generation Prelude which was sold locally.

1986 Honda Integra
1986 Honda Integra

The five-door model captured by Gallant appears in good knick, still featuring a factory functioning sunroof, trim stickers, branded mud flaps and alloy wheels.

It's not everyday that one comes across a rare find such as this, with the owner knowing just how valuable it is just in case an offer is put on the table.

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