Trying to understand what cars are going to turn out to appreciate is extremely tricky. I get the whole air-cooled Porsche thing, because the automaker doesn’t make those anymore and finding one in good condition is tough. Paying $22,750 for a 2000 Honda Civic Si, though, is something that I’m having trouble wrapping my head around.
If you have to wonder where that kind of a car sold for that kind of money, there’s only one place where an enthusiast would be willing to spend that kind of money on an 18-year old car – Bring a Trailer. As we’ve come to expect from everyone’s favorite auction website, the Civic Si was in pristine condition.
Despite its age, the Civic Si only traveled 10,439 miles and was never modified. Personally, I think the last tidbit is what helped this example crest the $20k mark. Finding an aged car that had even a modicum of sportiness to it that’s not modified to hell is a difficult task.
But the previous owner, who, according to the listing was a Honda collector, probably had a feeling that a well-kept Civic Si would one day be worth a lot of money and kept it like-new condition. Even the underbody of the coupe looks like it’s clean enough to eat off of.
Usually, we don’t get mad when owners don’t drive their vehicles, because it’s their car, they can stash it away forever if they want to. But this poor coupe with its 1.6-liter VTEC inline four and five-speed manual gearbox is beginning for a lot more miles. We really hope that the new owner decides to wring its neck out and drive it until its falls apart, which will easily be over 200,000 miles.
More than $20,000 is a whole lot of money for a 2001 Civic Si, especially since you can get a new coupe for just under $25,000. We have a feeling that Bring a Trailer will be flooded with pristine vehicles from the early ‘00s that will sell for absurd amounts of money because of this example in the near future.