Earlier this month, someone purchased a 2000MY Honda Civic Si with approximately 10,000 miles for $22,750. Don’t get us wrong, the sixth-gen Civic is a good car, but that’s used C5 Corvette Z06 money. We thought it could’ve been a fluke, as it was a well-kept example of a car that’s genuinely fun to drive. But it doesn’t look like that’s the case, because another example has sold for even more on Bring a Trailer.
More specifically, a 1999 Honda Civic Si with 12,190 miles just sold for $24,027. Despite being older and having more miles than the last model we saw on the auction site, this example managed to bring an extra $2,000. For reference, that’s as much as a brand new Civic Si Coupe, which carries a price tag of $23,900.
Whoever paid $24k for the old Civic Si got a stellar example, though. The vehicle is said to be completely stock, wearing the gorgeous shade of Electron Blue and the original tires. Just like the exterior, the interior is in mint condition. The listing states that the original owner protected the seats and floor mats with removable covers and, thanks to the extra care, the cloth seats look brand new.
Where the Civic Si arguably shows its age is under the hood. Power comes from a 1.6-liter inline-four rated at 160 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque. While that was a good amount back in 1999, the non-sporty variants of pedestrian vehicles now have more grunt. Still, the new buyer will have a five-speed manual transmission to enjoy if he or she does decide to drive the car.
That, though, doesn’t seem likely. The current seller only put 541 miles on the vehicle, and with prices continuing to go up for well-kept Hondas, we wouldn’t be surprised if the new owner puts this in a garage and saves it for special moments as well.
The question is, does a mass-market car like the Civic Si qualify as a classic? We highly doubt it – but in any case, $24,000 for a 19-year-old Civic Si seems like a stretch, even if it’s barely been driven.