Honda likely won't ever make a car like the S2000 again. High-revving naturally aspirated engines and dedicated sports car architectures are things big manufacturers can no longer justify. That's probably why this 34-mile Honda S2000 will sell for a boatload of money at auction.
No, that's not a typo. This 2000 Honda S2000 has been driven just 34 miles in the 20-plus years since it rolled off the factory line in Japan. Judging by the pictures, it looks immaculate. The paint is flawless, as is the engine bay, leather trim, dashboard, and gauge cluster. It's like a time capsule.
How does one of Honda's most fun-to-drive cars end up in such a state? The Drive spoke with the car's owner, Hedy Cirrincione, and found out she bought the car as her second S2000, one to keep looking like new while she put miles on her primary red-painted S2000 that she daily-drives. She says now it's time for someone to buy it and put some miles on the clock.
With prices for S2000s on the rise, collector interest for ultra low-mileage examples like this one have skyrocketed. In 2019, a 2009 S2000 with 91 miles on the clock sold for $70,000. Even cars with 1000 miles on the clock have gone for over $50,000. This silver example is the lowest-mileage S2000 we've seen yet, so we expected it to eclipse both of those numbers at Mecum's Kissimmee event in January. The auction house expected it to sell for somewhere between $125,000 and $150,000, but was bid up to just $60,000, where it did not meet reserve. The car is now back on the market via Bring a Trailer with a current high bid of $45,250 and seven days remaining.
Would you drop new sports car money for a low-mileage S2000 like this one? Or would you just save the cash and pick one up with some miles on the clock? Let us know in the comments.
This article, originally published November 24, 2020, has been updated with the car's non-sale at Mecum and its subsequent listing to Bring a Trailer. Bring a Trailer is owned by Road & Track's parent company, Hearst Autos.
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