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2000 Honda (AP1) S2000

2000 Honda (AP1) S2000

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Price: SOLD

Mileage: 63,300 Miles

Engine: F20C 2-Liter Inline 4-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Grand Prix White Exterior (NH565)

Interior: Red Leather Interior

Additional features:

1 of 1662 GP White / Red U.S. Market S2000 (entire production)

1 of 617 GP White / Red U.S. Market 2000 Model Year S2000s.

Limited-Slip Differential

Factory Rear Spoiler

Factory Rear Side Strakes

Honda Factory CD-Player w/ Remote Controls

Power Convertible Top (recently replaced)

3-Spoke Sport Steering Wheel

Push-Button Start

Projector Headlights

Rear Wind Deflector

Factory Floor Mats

Convertible Top Cover

Factory Tool Kit

16-Inch Alloy Wheels

BF Goodrich G-Force Comp 2 A/S Tires (less than 100 miles)

Illinois / Texas / Colorado Car

2-Owner Car

100% Stock and Unmolested

Clear Bra on Hood and Front Fenders

Fresh Brakes on All Four Corners

Recent Convertible Top Replacement

Background

2000 Honda (AP1) S2000 exterior photo

The Honda S2000 was the 1990’s iteration of the iconic S roadsters, some of Honda’s first cars. The 1990s was an era when Honda set the standard of quality, efficiency, and a proper sporting experience—an era when Honda engineers were fanatical and focused. The S2000 was built with this fanaticism at the exclusive Takanezawa facility, along side of the NSX and first-generation Honda Insight (the most fanatical Honda of them all). At the heart of the AP1 (pre-facelift) S2000 was the front mid-mounted 2-liter F20C engine. Thanks to a healthy dose of Honda racing technology, the lightweight aluminum F20C spun freely to a staggering 9000-RPM redline, which was good for 240 horsepower in the US market. This was mated to a 6-speed transmission and one of the best shifters in any car ever produced, along with a limited-slip differential. A rigid chassis, advanced suspension, weight conscious approach, and driver-focused interior rounded out the sports car package. As Honda and the world have marched ever forward in the technological automobile arc, the uncompromising focus of the S2000 has made it one of the most desirable sports cars of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Summary

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This Grand Prix White over Red leather AP1 Honda S2000 came to us on wholesale, where it was traded in to a local BMW dealer. Grand Prix White over Red leather is one of the rarest S2000 colors—only 1662 were made in total. This example is bone-stock with only 63,300 miles on the odometer. Factory standard kit and options include the Honda rear spoiler, Honda rear side strakes, CD player, power convertible top (which has been replaced recently), 3-spoke sport steering wheel, power windows and door locks, push button start, glass rear wind deflector, and the limited-slip differential. It was originally delivered in November of 2000 in Lombard, Illinois then offered as a Honda Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle by Lithia Honda in Abilene, Texas in 2003. Pikes Peak Acura purchased it and brought it to Colorado a few months later and sold it to the second owner who kept it for the next sixteen years before trading it in on a BMW. The Carfax shows it being serviced regularly during their tenure. When we got it, we replaced the brake pads and rotors on each corner, along with a brake fluid flush and a fresh oil change. We also mounted fresh Goodrich G-Force Comp-2 A/S tires. The Carfax is clean, but some of the driver’s side panels have been repainted at some point (detailed below). The clutch take-up is nearing the top of the pedal, but it does not require replacement in the near future. As it sits, this is a very nice stock example of an early AP1 Honda S2000 in a very rare color combination. I wouldn’t hesitate to drive it across country. We would like to find a new owner who appreciates what it is and will continue to care for and enjoy it for the next chapter.

Exterior

2000 Honda (AP1) S2000 exterior photo

Grand Prix White was a rare S2000 color and the paint on this example is in very good condition. Several panels have been repainted, but it is a good match. Everything paint gauges at between 5 to 7 mils, except for the driver’s side door and rear quarter panel, which have areas closer to 10 mils. The body is straight with only a few very small dings to gripe about. The front bumper cover has some rash and spider cracking along the lower lip and there is a scratch in the passenger side skirt. There is zero rust and all VIN tags are in place with the exception of the trunk lid. The convertible top has been replaced recently, and is very good condition as a result. The rear window is clear and crack-free. The headlight lenses are crack-free and only slightly opaque. All indicator lenses and taillight housings are clear and crack-free. The stock Honda wheels have some light curb rash and the BF Goodrich tires have less than 100 miles on them.

Interior

 interior photo

Overall the interior is also in very good shape. The carpets have some wear, but no stains or tears and have been protected factory floor mats. The floor mats are included and are in fair condition. The seat leather is in good condition with no tears, but there is moderate wear on the driver’s backrest bolster and some visible creasing on both seats. The 3-spoke steering wheel is in great shape. The instrument cluster has no blown out pixels and all gauges work correctly. The Honda CD player also has no failed pixels and the dashboard mounted controls function correctly. The center console shifter surround has some visible wear, as does the all-aluminum early S2000 shift knob. All interior functions work correctly; the power windows, power top, cruise control, and power mirrors. The driver’s door lock cylinder is pushed in and will not lock from outside with the key, but the factory keyless entry functions correctly. The heat blows warm and the air conditioning blows cold. The optional glass wind deflector is present and in great shape. The trunk carpet is clean, and the tool kit and spare tire are present.

Mechanical

 engine photo

The brilliant thing about the S2000 is Honda’s renowned quality and reliability. The F20C engine fires on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to its stratospheric 9000 RPM redline! The VTEC functions correctly and engages with a kick in the pants at 6000 RPM. It does not leak or spot. The shifter is crisp and tight—one of the best shifters in any car ever! The transmission does not grind or make any unhealthy noises. The clutch take up is nearing the top of the pedal, but it does not slip and is not in need of immediate replacement. It will likely need to be done in the intermediate future depending on your driving style. There are no driveline or wheel bearing noise or vibrations. The suspension is firm, yet compliant and delightfully neutral in the AP1 S2000s. The brakes have all been recently replaced, resetting the clock on all four corners. We pay for and ensure it passes emissions in the State of Colorado.