I had another thread very similar to this one, only it was for my 2000 Silverstone that I bought back in 2014. By June of 2015, I began to part out all of the modifications and spare parts. On August 9, 2015, I sold the car and had nothing left of it.
If you're interested, the "build" thread is here: http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/topic/1102...#entry23665062
My original thought was that I wanted a Grand Prix White AP2 in near mint condition. I went back and forth on 04-05 or 06+ a few times and came to the conclusion that I wanted and 04-05 unless I found a GPW CR. Being that there were only 1208 GPW 04/05 S2000s ever made for the United States, the search was getting pretty intense. I had been half-ass looking for one since basically three months after buying my AP1, but I was never serious enough about buying the car to even call the sellers. In that time, I saw two S2000s for sale that I would consider to be worthy of what I wanted. They were both in the $20k+ range and I also didn't have that kind of disposable money.
After selling my AP1, I didn't have a car at all. I was using my mom's Chrysler 200 for the time being, but I really needed to buy a car... and fast. As a very serious search for the unicorn 2004/2005 GPW went on, I gave up. Four weeks of searching and I didn't find a single S2000 close to what I would consider my dream S2000, and that was the entire purpose for selling my AP1, which I absolutely loved.
So a month went by, I needed a car desperately, and to top it all off... Classes just started.
I gave up and bought a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
I absolutely LOVED the car. For about a week. The power from the 5.7l LS6 was awesome. The 6 speed gearbox was alright. The handling was absolutely horrendous. I daily drove the car for about three months and pretty much had enough. I hated (I use hate in exchange of - I really really missed my S2000) it by the end of the first week of ownership. I started looking again.
Every single day. S2ki classifieds, local Craigslist, AutoTrader, Cars for Sale, and Car Gurus. Sometimes twice a day.
On December 22, 2015, I saw an ad posted here on S2ki. The ad was posted around 4pm on December 22, 2015 and I apprehensively called the seller around midnight. We talked for a little bit and by noon December 23, I was ready to buy a plane ticket to Maryland. Oh, right. I live in Charlotte, NC and the car was in Gaithersburg, MD. I decided to buy a plane ticket for the following Monday (12/28/15) to get the car.
This is the For Sale ad:
So, after a little more talking, Chelsea (seller of the car) informed me that there was another interested person coming to see the car that Saturday (12/26/15). I wasn't going to let there even be a chance that the car is sold to anybody but myself, so I cancelled the plane ticket, went to Enterprise, rented a 2016 Fiesta for 24 hours, and left that night (12/23-24/15) at 3am. My girlfriend came with me so the drive wasn't extraordinarily terrible, but 7 hours of straight driving really sucks. We arrived at the pre-determined meeting place around 9:30am on Christmas Eve. Keep in mind, the car wasn't even posted for sale for 48 hours at this point. I test drove it, it didn't really matter though. I was buying this car. By 10:30am, I was back on the road with my new 2004 Grand Prix White S2000 and the title in the trunk. I got home around 6:30pm on Christmas Eve, tired as HELL but it was so worth it.
I finally have my GPW AP2.
In DC at Enterprise:
And after I got her home:
Literally the only thing I have done so far is check the car over head to toe and get a Moddiction Anvil shift knob from Ryan.
There is only a small amount of surface rust on the control arms. Maybe this winter I'll end up power coating them.
Modifications so far are:
2008 replacement shocks
Gutted soft top assembly and wind deflector removed
OEM hardtop and OEM hardware
All black 2007 seats and passenger 00-05 rail
All black AP2 door panels
Authentic CR front lip (which was installed properly - meaning drilled into the front bumper
Engine torque damper
Moddiction Anvil shift knob
The car came with LOTS of service records - so much that I bought a binder and 40 page protectors to keep them all in.
Also with both original sets of keys, the valet key, window sticker, four OEM oil filters and all of the original owner's manuals.