The econobox has been around for decades now. Volkswagen built the Rabbit. Honda gave us the Civic. Chevy lauded the Chevette. We even got things like a Dodge Omni and Shadow. All were purpose built to get great gas mileage and to haul as much random urban items (milk crates full of records, coolers full of beer, tents, surf boards) and people (read: clown car) as possible in the smallest chassis size that would be acceptable to the buyers.
I first saw Rolando’s car all the way back in August. While it’s no secret that I’m not much of a Honda guy, Rolando’s EK stood out in the crowd of cars at the third annual Motor Union hosted by our friends at 5 & A Dime. The wonderfully clean and simple bodywork, the fantastic choice and execution in wheels, and the overall style of his car captured my attention, leading me back to the car several times throughout the day.
Photos by Tony Lin
For car enthusiasts, the United States has been like an over-protective mother: over the decades, enthusiasts have missed out on performance or cosmetic options due to safety regulations and emissions, rare and special options and packages, or even entire model lines. The guys with older euros will feel my agony if I even whisper the word “bumpers”.