Following the sale of my supercharged beast last July, I followed up with selling off my R33 GTR as well. Reasons are sketchy at best. The original idea germinated when I saw an identical midnight purple GTR for sale on my forum, GTRCanada.com. It was one of the very first R33's in Canada and it's owner, Juergen had lovingly put sweat, time and MONEY into it to make it into a track monster. It was dyno'd at near 500 hp on a conservative tune, with plenty of room for more since he was only limited by the stock MAFs. I contacted him to see if he was interested in a partial trade since it would be much easier to sell a stock GTR than his monster, and he was, but he said he would be much happier just selling it outright to me. That got the ball rolling, and I put an ad in the Trader to see how she sells. A few calls came and went, nothing serious. I started looking around and came across a rare (No. 358/699) 2008 Honda S2000CR. This is a US only Club Racer model. It came with 18" TE37's, Spoon forged calipers, KW V3 coilovers and Advan AD08's. Perfect for the track out of the box. I contacted the owner and proposed a trade with my GTR and surprisingly he was really interested. A few calls and texts later and we did the deal, I became a S2000 owner:
Alas it was not meant to be. As cool of a car it was, after a mere 2 months I was craving something greater and so back to the market I went. I placed an ad in the Trader and it sold after 2 weeks. I got my asking price, so I lost nothing in the 2 months I had the car.
After much research and soul searching it boiled down to 2 cars I would seriously consider: a R35 GTR or another NSX. If I go back to the NSX it would have to be the most pristine, newest car I could find. I specifically looked at only NA2, 2002+ models. A couple of really good candidates came up, but the used market has gone up in the last 12 months. Cars I feel are worth $50-55K max were asking $65-74K. Craziness. Locally there is a 1998 NA2 with 48K kms. Great shape, but not worth the $55K he has been asking. Seriously, if the NSX is worth that much used, I might as well start looking at other cars in its price range: Aston Martin DB5, Audi R8, Porsche 911TT, Lotus Elise and Exige, and the R35 GTR.
I ended up coming home with Godzilla:
I love that shot, which compares to the one I took of the NSX in the same spot: