Would you pay over $50,000 for a 21-year old Civic Si?
Has the world gone mad, or are these now modern classics?
With a brand-new 2020 Civic costing around $25,000 you'd be forgiven for thinking you've mis-read the number above. No, you haven't - last year someone paid $50,000 for a 90s Civic Si, and it looks like this example may go for even more than that.
While that may seem insane, it turns out the sixth-generation Civic Si is one of the most sought-after FWD Japanese coupés ever sold in the US, thanks to its clever chassis setup and highly-tunable VTEC engine.
From the outside, it was unassuming in its design, with only the badging and VTEC letterings on the side to differentiate it from any other Civic coupé. Under the hood, however, lay the legendary B16 1.6l VTEC engine.
The stuff of legends, the B16 is a common choice for engine swaps, thanks to its high redline, usable power and tunability. While it only produces 160hp in stock form, the nature of VTEC means all the power is at the top end, meaning you have to Really drive these cars to make the most of the power available
Given that the list price of these cars was $17,000 when they went on sale, it still seems crazy to pay much over that now, even for a low-milage, unmolested example. Should you pay $50k for one, that's an impressive 52% increase in value over 20 years.
With a 1999 example up for grabs right now on Bring A Trailer, we could be about to see another record-breaking sale for the Civic Si.
This example shows only 12,000 miles on the clock. Painted in Electron Blue, it is practically immaculate and has a history for selling at a high price. Back in 2018 it sold on BAT for just over $24,000 but at the time of writing, the current bid price is well over that at $36,500!
With the auction scheduled to end on December 4, it remains to be seen whether it will break the hallowed $50k barrier. Would you pay that much? Let us know below!