Car Catcher: Future Classic Honda S2000

Everyone wants to get the jump on the next generation of valuable classic cars before the window closes, but if you act now on this Honda S2000, you can be ahead of the curve. The spiritual successor to the Honda S600 and S800, the S2000 briefly held the record for highest output of a naturally aspirated engine with its 9000 rpm, 240-horsepower FC20 inline-four. This first-generation example from 2000 looks to be stock with only 11,000 miles on the odometer. With Hagerty showing prices for top examples climbing in recent years, the opportunity to snag this future classic is closing fast. See this S2000 go up for offer this January at the Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 11-19. See more details here.




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mr2s2000elise Dork
11/21/19 11:02 a.m.

Guess I should hold on to my AP2 then 

wspohn Dork
11/21/19 11:18 a.m.

Brilliant cars. The usual so-so Japanese styling is only a minor detraction. 

We've seen some of these engines transplanted into traditional vintage sports cars - an MGA and a Morgan are two that I am aware of. But they lack the excellent handling of the S2000 of course.

Always thought that Honda missed a bet by not creating a straight 6 version a la Toyota Supra. A 3 liter 360 bhp would sound great near red line. (If you don't think so, listen to n S54 BMW six up at red line - 7,900 rpm - some time!)

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
11/21/19 11:55 a.m.

Another Honda inline six, based on a previous inline four, that sounds wonderful is the engine in the CBX.  If they could pull that off in some kind of M3 / 928 / etc sport touring car... But I think that ship has sailed at Honda.

wspohn Dork
11/21/19 12:30 p.m.

I recall the CBX and always thought that the small physical size of the bike engines would lend themselves to creating a small displacement V12, which would be really neat (the CBX exhaust looked just great and two banks would have looked even better).  Little chance of that - if they ever did a V12 it would no doubt use the cylinder geometry of an existing V6 car engine.


Always had a 'thing' for the Toyota Century V12.....

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Reader Services
11/21/19 12:32 p.m.

While it isn't an inline 6, Honda did make inline 5: The Honda G engine. We even got it stateside in the Acura Vigor and Acura 2.5 TL.

I've been eyeing the Vigor as a inexpensive first project car.

nderwater UltimaDork
11/21/19 12:34 p.m.

Interesting to see the market values for these on the rise.  Who knew that a comparable Boxster would be the bargain buy.

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
11/21/19 12:36 p.m.

I don't think the Vigor engine was anything to brag about.  The whole car seemed to be Honda trying to copy a couple different Audi's at once.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Reader Services
11/21/19 1:22 p.m.

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

I don't doubt that at all. I can't imagine the Vigor being a great performance car, but I just think its neat for the novelty of 5 cylinder Honda product.

spacecadet Dork
11/21/19 5:45 p.m.
nderwater said:

Interesting to see the market values for these on the rise.  Who knew that a comparable Boxster would be the bargain buy.

the Boxster continues to be overshadowed by its newer self. 

The s2000 aged very well and are just highly regarded because they drive so well and are fantastic to own. Not without faults, but they're very special cars.

Very few things rev like an s2000 and nothing that's RWD and near it's price does. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/22/19 9:04 a.m.

We had a 2004 S2000 as a long-term loaner back in the day, and I was lucky to attend several of the media launches, including the one for the CR and the AP2--where we ran it back-to-back on track against the AP1. Glad to see people still digging these cars. 

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