The Honda Civic is very popular as the pocket rocket, offering great performance, handling, economy and reliability. In 1996 Honda released the first Type-R version of the Civic, dubbed Civic Type-R barring the prefix EK9 on the chassis code. And since then thousands have been produced, with most of them being modified lightly or heavily ... and unfortunately some have been abused.
However this morning on the Japanese auction block a 2000 Civic EK9 went for auction and sold for ¥2,969,000 (€23000/$24000). Why such a frenzy over a 15 year old car? First registered in August 2000 this car has just 1,298kms from new and is a Grade 5 A. Grade 5 on an auction sheet refers to a car with exceptionally low mileage and in mint condition, which we thought was impossible to find an EK9 left in this condition after so many years.
This is a prime example of how an unmolested Civic, or any car at that matter which is still in its original state and low mileage will keep its value and be an investment for the future.