A cossetted Honda S2000 GT AP1 with just 37,021 miles and incredible history.
Side impact protection beams, seat belt buckle pre-tensioners, front and rear anti-roll bars, HID headlights, headlight washers, high level rear brake light, SRS airbags, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, bee sting aerial, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, digital instrument pack, alloy gear knob, leather wrapped steering wheel, drilled aluminium pedals, electric soft top with glass rear screen, tonneau, body coloured removable hard top, hard top storage stand, hard top storage cover, Honda CD stereo, Dealer Accessories; Parking sensors, Honda tailored floor mats, rear headrest airflow screen, utility net, locking wheel nuts.
Finished in desirable and rare, New Formula Red, (Code R-510), the paintwork boasts an amazing deep rich red having been garaged from new and kept out of direct UV light. Thanks to mainly fair weather use and polished care, a brilliant shine will please show exhibitionists and all lightweight panels are beautifully straight with only a few miniscule marks, barely worthy of mention. The GT hard top protects the original Black hood in amazing condition with one tiny mark and has a heated glass screen, The HID headlights are clear with no discoloration. Honda supplying main dealer number plates and rear screen sticker remain fitted. All wheel-arch apertures are clean and the underside is free from underseal to allow easy inspection of factory originality. This example is worthy of the Honda racing heritage and one of the finest available.
Twist the ignition key, then press the start button and the race car ritual begins! The Black sculptured leather sports seats are immaculate thanks to a careful entry and exit ritual by two fastidious owners. The low seating position is so that the driver has a closer proximity to the chassis which results in an accurate connection with the car, especially when driving hard. This car is an ergonomic benchmark governed by function rather than gimmicky looks with almost all of the switchgear within fingertip distance of the steering wheel so the driver does not have to take their hands off the wheel. The digital instrument pack is circular so that it follows the shape of the wheel’s rim. All controls, switches and buttons function and the aluminium-leather combination gear lever, aluminium foot pedals, beautiful leather wheel and aluminium kick plates all add to the occasion. Optional Honda S2000 carpet mats remain fitted from new protecting the carpets and the pristine boot area houses all tools, tonneau cover and packaged hard top cover.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The compact and lightweight 2.0i VTEC race bred F20C engine, mounted entirely behind the front axle to allow the S2000 to achieve a 50:50 front/rear weight distribution, is a technical marvel. At launch it had the highest specific output ever produced in a naturally aspirated engine, an incredible 120 PS per litre. A power output of 240bhp at an almost unheard of 8300rpm and 208Nm of torque at 7500rpm allows a blistering 0-62 time of 6.2 seconds and top speed 150mph. Factory stickers to the bonnet underside and immaculate engine bay as well identification plates, bulkhead chassis stamp and coloured PDI dabs confirm the absolute originality of this amazing example. The short shift 6-speed gearbox is utterly brilliant and enhances the 9000rpm redline S2000 magic!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Factory standard 16in sports alloys are in excellent order still retaining the factory diamond cut finish and slight bronze tint. A few spokes have slight rash and brand new Honda metal centre caps have just been fitted at a cost of £185. Honda S2000 Club recommended Uniroyal RainSport 5 measuring 205/55 R16 and 225/50 R16 front and rear respectively were fitted new in 2020. The anti-lock braking system (ABS) features massive 300mm ventilated front discs and 282mm solid rear discs to offer positive and assured stopping power to cope with the epic performance.
The Honda S2000 AP1 was manufactured up to 2003 at Honda’s Takanezawa plant, alongside the NSX and this prime example was registered new on the 6th January 2003 to Dixon Honda, the main dealer. Sold to Mr Pickersgill, the first of just two private owners, the subsequent Dixon Honda invoice reveals a price paid of £24,295 when the car had covered just 625 miles. Mr Pickersgill was fanatical even filing items such as the tag reminding the dealer that hard rubber spacers are fitted to the suspension to increase ground clearance! He also had the car serviced continually at Honda, as was the case up to 30,179 miles when the second private owner, Mr Little took ownership in 2015. A photo of Mr Little with the previous owner on purchase continues the obsessive upkeep with invoices neatly filed, every MOT certificate, old tax discs chronically mounted and even the stickers that came off the tyres retained! Mr Little would only buy genuine Honda parts, provide them to his trusted garage and wait patiently until all work was complete.
The original Honda wallet holds the vehicle handbooks and there are two sets of keys and a sales brochure. Features on the Honda S2000 are also included in the history file. Remaining exactly at Honda intended and preserved with wonderfully low mileage, this pampered example is the ultimate modern classic sports car.
MOT April 2022, HPI Clear.
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