How Far Would You Travel to Buy a Great S2000?

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Traveling with a Honda S2000

This intrepid enthusiast flew cross-country so he could make a travel adventure of driving his new S2000 home.

The further we get away from August 19, 2009, the day the last S2000 rolled off the production line, the rarer S2000s become. It’s an unfortunate fact, but a fact nonetheless. 66,547 were sold here in the U.S and between theft, accidents and old age with poor maintenance, that pool is shrinking. It’s not as dramatic as you may expect but time relentlessly marches on. In a thread on the S2K forummembers were trying to figure out how many S2000s are actually left, and one member actually ran an Experian National Vehicle In Operation check that uses the DMV database to find that at the end of 2016, 52,178 S2000s were still registered with the DMV. That’s a loss of only 12,369 (23%) S2000s, but even less if you consider stored and track only cars.

Honda S2000 travel picture.

The real challenge is in finding clean, unmolested, low mileage models, and that’s where Texan car enthusiast Bailey Brewer scored. He flew to Montana with a friend to purchase a 2002 S2000 in Sebring Silver and 34,000 miles on the clock from the original owner. The original owner was a 70-year old Vietnam veteran who was sad to see the car go, but we’re sure it’ll ease his mind that it’s already given a 2000 mile, trouble-free, trip home that Brewer has documented in both words and beautiful pictures here. It’s absolutely worth checking out.

It’s always a gamble to invest the time and cost to travel and see a car you’re thinking of buying, and we’ve heard a few horror stories despite great communication with the seller. Brewer definitely had a good result here and, with just 36,000 miles on the clock after his trip across the states, a car that’s got a long life ahead of it still.

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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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