As car enthusiasts, we kind of have to like the Honda S2000. It’s in our contracts. However, I admittedly only admired the S2000 from afar, never having had the pleasure of driving one myself, so I must admit I was unfamiliar with the ultra rare S2000 Club Racer (CR for short) – which was only sold in North America in 2008 and 2009 — until now. The reason I know about the S2000 CR now is because someone decided to shell out $200,000 for one from Bring a Trailer.
For those of you new to the Honda S2000 CR like me, it was a super exclusive track-focused variant of the S2000, limited to only around 700 units in 2008 and 2009. It came with stiffer suspension, additional chassis braces, wider rear tires, faster steering ratio and stiffer anti-roll bars. It also only came with a hardtop, dropping the folding top altogether, which was done to save weight. As with all good track specials, radio and air conditioning were optional.
At the time, however, it was not a highly desirable car. In fact, most car enthusiasts felt the CR was a cynical grab designed to make a few extra bucks before Honda stopped selling the S2000 altogether. This cynicism led to S2000 CRs sitting in dealerships for months and months before finally selling, despite not being much more expensive than the standard car. In 2009, the MSRP for an entry-level Honda S2000 was $34,995. The S2000 CR was only $37,300, about $2,300 more.
This specific car came with the radio and air conditioning options, which bumped up its total price to $38,465, including its destination charge of $670. It wears Rio Yellow Pearl exterior paint, with a yellow/black interior. The stock 17-inch wheels are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires. The naturally aspirated 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine is unchanged from the standard S2000, so it still produces 237 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque.
Still, you’re probably wondering why anyone was willing to drop $200,000, when it sold for less than $39,000 just over a decade ago. This specific car only has 123 miles on the odometer, which means someone bought it new, probably towed it into their garage, and drove it just enough to hit 123 miles, before storing it away. ‘now. It is essentially a museum piece, as it has never really been used and is in mint condition.
Even with that low mileage, though, that price seems high. Bring a Trailer recently sold a 2,700 mile example for $112,000 and a 5,500 mile car for $122,500. Which means that owner will have to put that car away again, because driving it could halve its value. For a car that’s supposed to be the best-driving version of one of the best-driving cars of the 2000s, it’s a shame to think it might not be drivable.