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2004 HONDA S2000 GT

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This Honda S2000 is an excellent example of the marque’s high-revving, millennium-era sports car, presented in very impressive unmodified condition. Its engine is the lauded 237bhp 2.0-litre VTEC inline-four, boasting a 9,000rpm redline, coupled to one of the slickest six-speed manual transmissions in the business. The odometer shows 70,449 miles from new, and this roadster has clearly been very well maintained.

First registered in May 2004, the clear HPI report shows four former keepers on the log book. It has been owned by the seller for the last year, who has enjoyed some 1,000 miles behind the wheel. As an early ‘AP1 facelift’ car, it benefits from uprated suspension and body bracing, larger wheels, and stronger gear shift synchros. Given its first registration date, this S2000 benefits from being in the ‘Band K’ annual VED category, which means it costs around 40% less to tax each year than later cars.

The bodywork is in very good condition, with flush shut lines and no signs of any accident damage. The Moonrock Grey paint finish is smooth and even around the panels, though there is some light ‘road rash’ on the front bumper. The seller also notes a soft dent around the nearside rear wheel arch, a couple of pin dents ahead of the wheel, and another pin dent in the boot lid. All of the light lenses are in great shape, and the window and door rubbers are also sound.

The car comes with its original colour-coded hard top, which is in excellent condition, with no blemishes in the paint or rear glass. There is also a stand and cover to keep it secure and protected when not in use. Its soft top was replaced in 2017, and the black mohair material still looks superb and fits snugly. The original alloys were refurbished in February 2019, and today there are only some very minor grazes to the nearside rear wheel.

Inside, the original black leather upholstery on the supportive sport seats is in excellent condition. There is only modest wear to the driver’s seat, and the passenger seat looks even better. Both of the door panels are also in good order. The driver’s side plastic sill cover has quite a few scuff marks, though this could be replaced easily and inexpensively. Like the exterior, the cabin remains entirely unmodified, retaining the original steering wheel and gear knob. All of the switchgear works perfectly, and there are no electrical faults.

Its last scheduled maintenance was carried out in March 2020 at a local garage near the seller, and consisted of an engine oil change, as well as fresh coolant. Prior to this, it was also seen and serviced in May 2019 and May 2018, with the latter also including renewal of the air filter and gearbox oil. All of the brake calipers were also replaced in 2018.

The most recent MOT test was on 25 July 2019 at 70,367 miles, which resulted in a first-time pass with only one advisory about deteriorated number plates - and both have since been replaced. The online MOT history reflects the fact that this is a well-maintained and reliable sports car. Its wheels are fitted with Bridgestone tyres, in size 215/45 R17 at the front and 245/40 R17 at the rear. The front tyres were manufactured in 2016, while the rears are date-coded to 2012. All of the tyres have around 4-5mm of tread.

Accompanying the car are all original books in the leather wallet, two keys, a comprehensive service history record, and a large number of invoices and receipts. The original tools, space-saver spare wheel, jack, wheel brace, and locking wheel nut key are all present and in good condition.

When Richard Meaden revisited the S2000 for Evo magazine in 2018, he concluded: “You’ll struggle to find anything close to its absolute banshee of a naturally aspirated four-cylinder motor, with its stratospheric red line and scarcely believable specific output”.

This Honda S2000 GT is an engaging open-top sports car, which blends exciting performance with an outstanding reliability record. While this car has been driven and enjoyed as intended, its exterior and interior condition suggests that it has also been cherished throughout its life. A great car for summer motoring, with its Honda build quality and high-revving naturally aspirated powertrain sure to impress its next owner.

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