2005 Honda S2000 AP1 Facelift


  • High-revving 2-litre VTECH engine
  • 6-speed transmission
  • Face-lifted model
  • Growing modern classic

The Appeal

You can’t often say that this is a car that changed everything but with a Honda S2000, you can. The whole car is an uncompromised design triumph and at its heart is the fantastic 2-litre VTECH engine that will go all the way to the 8800 rpm redline. It is held in such high regard because it possessed such a fabulous aspirated engine, and its whole design was exemplary with a 50-50 weight distribution, double wishbone suspension and clever ‘X-bone’ chassis.

To top it all it was the most powerful aspirated 2-litre sports car until 2010. It is a true modern classic that is gaining momentum in the market in recent times. The S2000 is one of those cars that has been built to entertain and enthral the driver. It is impossible to drive this little Honda without it putting a huge grin on your face from ear to ear.

The History and Paperwork

  • Current V5C
  • MOT’d until April 24
  • Excellent service history with an almost complete service book
  • File of past MOT certificates displaying mileage history
  • Two keys present
  • New set of Uniroyal tyres recently fitted
  • Six previous owners
  • Full service April 2023 at 68152 miles
  • Two keys
  • The vendor informs us if has been garage and only driven in dry conditions

The Interior

  • Blue leather seats
  • Minor wear to seat bolsters which is less than expected for the age.
  • Blue and black dash and centre console, typical of Japanese design of the time
  • Electrically operated hood with heated rear screen
  • Light scuffing to sills on both sides but minimal
  • Leather steering wheel with some light wear
  • Some minor staining to the carpets
  • Aluminium gear knob
  • Air conditioning

The Exterior

  • Finished in Nurburgring Blue
  • Some minor crazing of the paint on the nose
  • Other light scuffs and chips are present but still good for the car’s age
  • Bright and clear headlamp lenses
  • Clean boot carpet
  • Wheels have some minor kerbing and lacquer lifting but in good general condition
  • Good shine to the paintwork with no obvious repairs
  • Underside appears in good order with engine lower cover in place
  • The engine bay is clean and free from any obvious fluid leaks
  • An aftermarket strut brace has been fitted

The Mechanics

  • 2-litre K20 VTECH engine that generates 224 bhp
  • Standard 6-speed transmission and standard short throw lever
  • Factory standard suspension with an added front strut brace
  • Original 17-inch alloy wheels


The Honda S2000 is becoming a true modern classic and is rapidly achieving cult status like its cousin the Civic Type R. That interest isn’t solely for that unbelievable engine but for the whole car and its forward-thinking design. It has all the required components of a true sports car including being front-engined, driving the back wheels and having a superb chassis.

The early cars were a little more visceral and were known for their lively handling, whereas this facelifted model came with some minor tweaks to the geometry and the transmission which helped to calm the propensity to oversteer.

This particular car has been well looked after and is in excellent overall condition for its age. It isn’t without the odd little scuff or mark which is to be expected, but it has low miles and that sensational engine is as keen now as it was when it was built and more than willing to hit the redline. If you have ever driven an S2000 in the VTECH zone of the rev range you’ll know how rewarding they really are. Get yourself some high-revving fun before the prices go silly, you won't regret it.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2005
  • Make Honda
  • Model S2000
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 68,457 Miles
  • Engine size 1997
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Location Tyne and Wear
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
26 bids
  • Mj•••• £11,001 21/09/23
  • br•••• £10,500 21/09/23
  • zs•••• £10,250 21/09/23
  • br•••• £10,000 21/09/23
  • Go•••• £9,400 21/09/23
  • zs•••• £9,300 21/09/23
  • sc•••• £9,200 21/09/23
  • Go•••• £9,000 20/09/23
  • To•••• £8,000 20/09/23
  • K4•••• £5,200 20/09/23

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