Can You Even Afford The Cleanest EM1 Civic Si On Earth?
Bet you thought VTEC was cheap bro!
That's right, the 1999-2000 Civic Si known as the EM1 is becoming a fairly expensive collectible classic. These cars were worth around $5,000 a few years ago, but much like air-cooled 911s the collector market is blowing up prices of these once affordable tuner cars.
The 1999 Civic Si is one of the original sport compacts that launched the segment and brought cheap speed to the masses. These disposable performance machines were based on the normal Civic coupe but featured numerous drivetrain improvements resulting in a true drivers car.
Sadly most of them were modded into oblivion before you could say, "VTEC just kicked in yo". Its hard too see the impact of a dynasty when you're at the very start and no one knew the EM1 Civic Si would eventually become a collectors car.
Today there is a pristine EM1 Civic Si listed on Bring A Trailer and the price is staggering. At the time of writing this article the listing sits at a high bid of $15,000 with 6 days left on the auction. Huge money for a bare bones Honda from 2000, except the EM1 Si isn't just any old Civic.
To many the EM1 is the perfect Honda and a car that the company can never recreate. The high revving 1.6-litre B16A2 4-cylinder screams to its 8,000rpm redline, while only producing a meager 160 hp at 8,000 rpm and 111 ft-lbs of torque at 7,000 rpm. But power wasn't the point of sport compacts of the early 2000s manufacturers still cared about building driver's cars.
The EM1 famously only weighs 2,500lbs and features Honda's signature dual wishbone suspension. Then there's the styling which by today's standards is absurdly plain. But these features help to make the EM1 timeless and that's why it's a collector's car today.
So for $15,000 would you buy the nicest EM1 Civic Si on earth and probably the universe?