Low-Mileage AP1 Spotted on Bring a Trailer
Only 25,000 miles?! Take our money!
If you’re a frequent visitor on car auction website Bring A Trailer, then you probably noticed a fairly low mileage (25k to be exact) 2000 AP1 recently go up for sale. In one of the best color combinations offered in the AP1, the Silverstone paint with red interior has always been a crowd favorite. Known for having a tail-happy handling characteristic and stratospheric 9,000 RPM redline, the AP1 is favored by some as the more enjoyable S2000 over the later AP2.
Definitely not a garage queen
Believe it or not, this particular AP1 only has 25K miles racked up on the odometer. Most people put that many miles on their cars in a single year! During its first 16 years, the original owner who was a hotel executive only drove it on the weekends, which explains the low mileage. The car was put up for sale by a friend on behalf of the second owner. A clean Carfax and Virginia title will be included with purchase.
The Silverstone paint may look pristine from afar, but the AP1 has some imperfections as expected from a 17-year-old car. Upon closer inspection, some chips and dings can be found on the front end. Also, signs of some minor paintwork can be seen on the rear end including masking lines on the door jams and top trim. The blending of the paint seem to be in good condition and all the VINs are matching, which is always a good sign.
The factory 16-inch wheels have a few minor scruffs, but nothing too concerning. The tires have been replaced, and the car runs on Yokohama AS530 all-season tires, with a 2009 production date. The power folding soft top is in good condition, however the vinyl rear window shows signs of hazing, common with older AP1s.
Check out the minty fresh interior
One look at the interior and you’d guess that AP1 had just come off the showroom floor. All instrumentation seems to be in proper working order with the digital gauge cluster showing just 25,000 miles on the odometer. The seller has noted that an aftermarket LED indicator has been installed on the center console.
A valve cover you can almost eat off of
Looking inside the engine bay, the same cleanliness can found just like the interior. With only 25K miles on the F20C, it’s safe to say that the engine has yet to be fully broken in. No problems have been reported by the seller and maintenance records are restricted to a few oil changes and a rear differential service dated back to 2003.
At the end of the auction, it seemed like the car didn’t sell after all. The seller had a reserve and the bids just didn’t seem to hit the desired target with the highest bid showing $17,000. For the mileage alone, the AP1 could’ve easily sold for $20,000 or more. I can only assume the paintwork had affected the outlook on the car a bit. Would you have placed a bid on this AP1? Let us know on the forum!