Auction finds: Budget too tight for a Honda S2000? This P340,000 kei roadster might do

It’s called the Beat, and it's going under the hammer via BringATrailer
by Leandre Grecia | Nov 5, 2021
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The S2000 is arguably one of Honda’s most famed nameplates. Like the legendary Civic SiR, the coveted S2000 has amassed a cult following over the decades. It’s no surprise that secondhand prices for the two-door convertible have remained steep throughout the years.

That’s why for many of us, the vehicle might always be a project car that we’ll never be able to afford. There is a possible alternative, though: the Honda Beat. The mid-engined, convertible kei car kind, not the scooter we have here in our market.

We know it’s a JDM model and kei cars aren’t exactly a thing here, but one can dream, right? Actually, there’s a 1991 model that’s up for auction at no reserve on BringATrailer, and how we wish we had the means to get it.

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This particular model isn’t exactly in mint condition, but it looks pretty good for an old roadster that was originally imported from Japan to the US and already has 42,000km on its odometer.

It features a red finish with a black soft top and sits on 13- and 14-inch Enkei wheels. It retains its right-hand-drive configuration and its 656cc in-line-three petrol engine. The powertrain was factory-rated at 63hp and 60Nm, and it propels the rear wheels via a five-speed manual ’box.

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The Beat still has its air-conditioning system, power windows, and a stock Gathers cassette stereo. The seats are upholstered in zebra-print fabric and fitted with matching floor mats. Typical wear-and-tear can be seen on the driver’s seat and the driver-side mat.

According to the listing, repairs done during current ownership include rust treatment and panel repainting. The A/C was also serviced, and the ignition components were replaced.

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As of this writing, this 1991 Honda Beat is set to go for $6,750, or about P340,000 in local currency. Not too shabby for an S2000 mini-me, eh? What do you guys think? You can check out more photos of it below.

NOTE: This lot was sold for $12,311 (P632,000) on November 10, 2021.

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