A stunning Spa Yellow Pearl Honda S2000 GT AP1 with 43,882 miles and 17 stamps.
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, body coloured removable hard top, Honda CD stereo, Honda Security System. Dealer Accessories; Honda tailored floor mats, rear headrest airflow screen, utility net, locking wheel nuts.
Finished in probably the most desirable colour, Spa Yellow Pearl, (Code Y52P), the vibrant paintwork boasts an amazing finish and looks simply incredible. 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 and touched in scratches, one to the bonnet. 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 main dealer number plates and UK S2000 Owners Club screen sticker remain fitted. All wheel-arch apertures are clean and the underside has a light coating of waxyol to preserve 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, (Code A), are spotlessly clean with only hairline veins to the driver’s seat outer bolsters. 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.
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 very order still retaining the factory diamond cut finish and slight bronze tint. A few spokes have marks and brand-new Honda metal centre caps have just been fitted at a cost of £166. Honda recommended Bridgestone S-02 tyres measuring 205/55 R16 and 225/50 R16 front and rear respectively have masses of tread remaining. 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 with new pads having just been fitted to the front.
The Honda S2000 AP1 was manufactured up to 2003 at Honda’s Takanezawa plant, alongside the NSX and this prime UK example was registered new on the 16th July 2002 by Main Dealer, Grantham Honda. The car has covered a fully verified 43,882 miles from new with just three fastidious owners, the last for 12 years, who have preserved this example in wonderful and completely standard condition. The original Honda wallet holds all vehicle handbooks, guides and dealership point of sale literature and there are two sets of keys and an original sales brochure. The service booklet contains 17 stamps entries from Honda Main Dealers and the same independent specialist, the last service having been carried out in late 2020 at 43,760 miles. A collection of invoices and MOT certificates completes 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 August 2022, HPI Clear.
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