Merry Shednesday. The weather is hot, so I’m regretting my failure to top up the air-con; open windows aren’t the same thing. I’m not lusting after a convertible – give me somewhere comfortable and temperature-controlled. My place of work doesn’t count!
Before his foray into the world of Jaguar and now Lexus, my dear old Dad (yes, him again) had a Honda Legend. Or, as he liked to call it: “an armchair on wheels”. A nice cool armchair sounds great as I sweat over my keyboard. Dad had a third-generation Legend, of which there are plenty available on Facebook Marketplace for sub £1500. Some (not many) also have an MOT.
I was surprised to find a fourth-generation 2008 Honda Legend with 90,000 miles on the clock for £1500.
The fourth-generation was a different beast to its predecessors. This was in no small part to the fitment of SH-AWD. It might sound a bit like Showaddywaddy, but it stands for Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. This means the car will handle and grip better when you’re utilising the 296 ponies from it’s 3.5-litre lump.
Unfortunately, it was only available with a five-speed auto ‘box. Thankfully, as it’s a 2008 car, it should be devoid of the other acronym: LKAS (Lane Keeping Assistance System), which was designed to keep cars in their lane. It sounds like it might be helpful, but I’m not convinced I want Skynet, Samantha or the spirit of Christine as driver assistants.
Back to the actual car: it’s in Southampton and up for £1500. There’s a reason for that: it hasn’t had an MOT since 2017, and the MOT history would suggest it has a few electrical gremlins. A decent Honda mechanic or auto electrician should be able to help. On the plus side, it does start and run, and – cliché alert – it’s a lot of car for the money. Over to Gavin…
I’d love a Honda Legend. Over the years, many examples of the second-generation KA7 have secured a berth on my eBay watchlist, but I’ve never taken the plunge. Perhaps I should, especially given the fact that 2021 is the 30th anniversary of the UK launch of the KA7 and KA8 (Coupé). Are you feeling old yet?
The styling of the third- and fourth-generation models doesn’t cut it for me – I prefer the chunky looks of the second-gen Legend. I guess the Legend’s biggest problem is the Lexus LS400. If you’re going to drop a few grand on a Japanese luxobarge, wouldn’t you choose the Lexus?
Thanks for sending me down a Facebook Marketplace rabbit hole, Ben. Have you seen the Preludes? And the Accord Aerodeck? Not to mention the Concerto…