Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that performance-focused Honda models from the late 1990s and early 2000s have been steadily rising in value and becoming the latest must-haves for JDM enthusiasts.
Arguably the carmaker’s best sports car from this time was the S2000 and recently, one changed hands on Bring A Trailer for a monumental $48,000. The buyer? None other than IndyCar racing driver Graham Rahal.The S2000 in question is painted in New Formula Red and is a 2000 model year. It was originally delivered to a Honda dealership in Pennsylvania with just 12 miles (19 km) on the odometer before being put into storage.When the time came in 2013, the car was registered for the road when the dealership was sold. The owner added 988 miles (1590 km) to the car during their ownership before the dealer responsible for this most recent sale got their hands on it.Now is the time to buy an S2000.Not only does this S2000 have very few miles under its belt but both its exterior and interior remain in excellent condition. Additionally, it was sold to Rahal with the factory 16-inch wheels and the original Bridgestone Potenza S-02 tires.As this S2000 is a 2000 model, it is an AP1-generation car. Consequently, it’s 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine can rev until 9000 rpm and depending on the market, delivers between 237 hp and 247 hp. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and Torsen limited slip differential.Speaking with The Drive about his purchase, Rahal said that he has always been a Honda guy and knew he had to buy the car as soon as he saw it."I am a lifelong Honda guy, and when this car came out it was just eye-catching and such a pure machine."I always knew we wanted one, and I wanted to collect one. This popped up, and it was just too perfect to pass up. My dad has an S600 in red that’s being fully restored, and the 2 of these just belong together in the Rahal family collection.”