Today’s next custom is an interesting take on the classic Colin Chapman Lotus Seven form-follows-function paradigm. And while I understand the desire to use Honda’s legendary F20C (or F22C1, the seller doesn’t say) for power, but I am slightly disturbed by the hood bulge needed to hide Honda’s tall DOHC setup. It ruins some of […]
I love a good engine swap. But good is a relative term. Is it good to swap a high revving zinger sports car engine into an appliance like a pickup truck? The AP2 inline-4 from the Honda S2000 is an incredible engine, but does it belong in a vehicle designed to haul junk and tow? […]
Prices for Honda’s insane 9000 rpm 4-cylinder powered sports car have been very high in the past few years, so I’ve got to assume that a sub $10k S2000 is going to have quite a few problems. How about a bazillionty miles, a nasty plasti dip paint job, a salvage title, and a jerky key […]
I’m not sure where to begin with this next car, because there is a boat load of stuff to unpack. First, this is a Vauxhall Chevette, which means it left a factory in Bedfordshire, Cheshire, or Quito…UK, UK, and Ecuador respectively. However, if you think that this was just a European built Chevette, you would […]
The Honda S2000 is known for its legendary F20C inline-4 that pushes the limit of what a product engine should be able to do. The VTEC equipped 2.0 liter (later increased to 2.2 liters in the F22C1) pushes 237 horsepower out of its small engine by revving to 8900 rpm. The mean piston speed of about 5000 ft/min was something that only race cars could achieve and people wondered how long the Honda built engine could last with this much internal stress and piston ring wear and con-rod forces. This next seller doesn’t mention if he has ever rolled in a new set of bearings, but the engine has 422k miles and appears to have never been rebuilt. Maybe the next owner can take this car to 1 million miles. Find this 2001 Honda S2000 offered for $9250 in Treasure Coast, FL via craigslist. Tip from Ali.
I wonder if someone looked at the Honda S2000 and said “this car is too heavy and too safe…I’m going to fix that.” A few hundred yards of welding rod and a few bent pieces of aluminum later this next beast emerged from the shed. With 240 horsepower from the 9000 rpm screaming Honda VTEC engine and the curb weight of a wicker basket, this thing should fly. Find this 1965 Lotus 7 Replica offered for $9,750 in Dublin, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
All things are temporary. When I say things, I mean most any thing. They start out simple, get better with time, and then eventually the become extinct. Dinosaurs; yup, 240 Million BC to 66 Million BC. Classic music; sure thing 1750-1820. Rock and roll music; 1960-1980. And there is another rule, the best example of said thing happens towards the end of the timespan of said thing. Tyrannosaurus Rex went extinct in 66MBC, Beethoven died in 1827, and John Bonham died in 1980. Which brings us to today’s topic – the thing is the sports car; born in 1903 and dead in 2009. Some 60 horsepower Mercedes was the first sports car, but the Honda S2000 was the last. Find this 2001 Honda S2000 offered for $9,800 in Atlanta, GA. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Honda S2000 is one of those cars that you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy as many as you could fit into a large barn and store for future appreciation (side note, please don’t do that, it is a jerky thing). Why will the S2000 be worth beaucoup bucks in the future? Two reasons; 1 — it wasn’t built in high numbers for the USA, 66k in 9 years (compare this to 74k of the 84-89 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera) and 2 — it has no competition for what it does best. Yes, I’m talking about the 9000 rpm redline, amazingly tight chassis, and celebrated reliability. Get one now before they become unobtanium. Find this 2003 Honda S2000 offered for $13,000 in Fayetteville, NC via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Mazda MX-5 is lauded for its excellent handling chassis and essential sports car credentials, but nobody is going to accuse it of being too fast in stock form. But today’s example is far from stock — don’t worry it isn’t one of those V8 swaps that ruins the weight distribution and is instead powered […]
For this week’s Thursday Twister, I’m going to go to one of my favorite subjects — swaps…no, not wife swaps, that is just plain nasty, ENGINE SWAPS! Help find the best swapped beasts around. The swap I found is this 1977 Toyota Celica GT with a Honda F22C1 swap out of an AP2 S2000 offered […]