Ah, what do you get the classic Honda roadster fan who has everything? Why, Veloce’s new definitive history of the S2000, of course.
Written by Brian Long with the participation of the Honda factory, this book goes into deep, historical detail about the history of one of the automotive world’s all-time great roadsters.
Long trained as a mechanical engineer and is now a recognized historian who lives in Japan, near Tokyo. The book goes into details about the genesis of Honda’s S2000 as well as its major racing exploits, and its sales in major markets.
Not only does it tell the story of how the S2000 built on the NSX’s success and helped justify Honda’s racing ambitions and how it was eventually killed in 2009.
The car debuted in 1999, designed by Daisuke Sawai. Its marquee feature was its 2.0-liter that could rev all the way up to a redline of 9,000 RPM (later lowered to 8,200 RPM for America’s 2.2-liter engine AP2).
It was predated, though, by a concept car that debuted at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept was constructed with aluminum body panels, an X-bone frame, and a 2.0-liter inline five-cylinder engine.
The car was an instant classic and since its demise prices on the second-hand market have been rising. Bring a Trailer reports that in 2020-2021, prices have ranged from $20,000 to $40,000, though some have sold for more than $70,000.
The Book of the Honda S2000, meanwhile, can be had for $50 (USD) $65 (CAD).