Special X model was produced for the Canadian market based on the “1200″ model
The Special-X was released in 1978 as 1979 model in Canada. It only came in black with a yellow to orange to red stripe down the side and included the following options:
-Red hound’s-tooth interior- door panels and seats
-Wooden 2 spoke steering wheel
-Wooden Shift Knob
-Red deluxe gauge set
-Special-X decals on sides and rear
-Red center caps
-Amber/Red tail lights
-Mud flaps that have HONDA in red
-Paint Code B-14M
Below a new drivers side mirror for the Special X, this a close up picture of the mirror. Note the specs of green. Looking on an angle you can see a red haze to the paint. But from a distance it is black clear coat paint. -Paint Code B-14M
Year/Model Motor CC Bore Stroke HP TQ Compression
78-79-1200 EB3 1237 72mm 76mm 50 @ 5k 67 @ 2k 8.1:1
1979 1200: The EB3 was very different from the previous years. The most notable differences were the domed pistons and the new head (dished combustion chamber and larger valves).
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The RS is the ultimate factory Civic
Dubbed Road Sailing, it was a more performance oriented civic opposed to the standard economy-boxes we all know. It was released with an 1170cc EB1 motor pumping out 70hp compared to the 50hp of the standard model. Engine modifications included twin Keihin carburetors, a freer flowing exhaust manifold, longer duration cam (15 degrees), domed pistons (bumped compression up to 8.6:1), and strengthened crank bearings.
Handling was increased with a set of stiffer springs (30%), shorter stiffer struts and 13″ wheels wrapped in 155-80-13 tires. The wheels were black with a polished lip and had a red “H” center cap- this is where the red Honda “H” started. Besides the RS badge on the front grill other exterior options included flared fenders, fender mounted rear view mirrors, and a slightly different bumper assembly.
The RS’s were only released in warm red/orange paint schemes. The predominantly black vinyl interior included a wooden steering wheel and shift knob, center console, grab handles, a mechanical tachometer graded to 7k rpm, and a center auxiliary pod with fuel/temp gauges and an air vent. The US gauge pods merely had the gauges for fuel and temp.
2012 new Honda Civic vs 1st Generation Civic RS