Most normal people probably wouldn’t pay more than $25,000 for a Honda Civic, but us car enthusiasts are a bit of an odd bunch.
Honda’s auction for the first Civic Type R to ever turn a wheel on United States soil concluded Thursday, with the car selling for nearly six-times its $33,900 MSRP. Designated by the serial number R-00001, it was sold on Bring a Trailer for $200,000, all of which will be donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
BaT also said its members still continued to pledge donations even after it was clear that user @happycappyauto would drive off in the Civic. In total, they reportedly raised an additional $8,640 for PBTF on top of the winning bid.
Although it might seem like the sole reason @happycappyauto’s bid was so high is because the auction benefited a charity, we’re not so sure.
The Honda Civic Type R literally is the fastest front-wheel-drive car on the market right now, so the first one to roll off the assembly line was bound to fetch a pretty penny. And that’s not even taking into account the significance of the specific Civic Type R in question.
Serial number R-00001 isn’t just the first of the current-generation Civic Type R to make its way stateside, it’s the first Honda-branded Type R to be sold here period. What’s more, the last time any red-badged car beared that name was the Acura Integra Type R of the 1990s and early 2000s.
As a result, the 2017 Civic Type R is a car American enthusiasts have been waiting nearly two decades for, so we imagine the first of its kind would’ve started a bidding war even if Honda pocketed all the proceeds.
Thumbnail photo via Honda
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