First Civic Type-R fetches AU$264k at charity auction
Civic Type-R with 01 VIN number fetches a whopping US$200,000 at charity auction.
Honda has made good on its promise to sell at auction the first 2018 Civic Type-R off the production line. And while we all assumed it would fetch a decent amount above the book price of US$33,900 (AU$44,839), the final six-figure selling price took everyone by surprise.
The winning bid of US$200,000 (AU$264,000) is six times more than the car’s RRP and highlights just how popular the hot hatch is globally. The best part of all is that all the proceeds from the sale will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation – a cause that Honda has been working with since 1991 and one that has benefitted from $30 million of research funding from the car giant over the years.
Despite the high selling price, the new owner won’t need to part with every cent. That’s because every dollar above the RRP is tax deductible.
Oddly enough, the weeklong auction received the winning bid of $200k within the first 96 hours of it opening. This remained the highest bid right until the end. This is in contrast to traditional auctions of this nature which usually see a flurry of activity as the end draws closer.
So what has the winning bidder got for their money?
For a start, they’ve bought a car that’s the current front-wheel drive lap record holder at the infamous Nurburgring in Germany.
With its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine (with added VTEC), the 2018 Civic Type-R produces 235kW and 400Nm. It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 272km/h.
In addition to having VIN number of 01, the Civic Type-R has big 19-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes and – in the case of the US-spec ’01’ model – is finished off with a bold blue paint job, black wheels and red pin striping.
The huge rear spoiler and triple exhaust outlet make the Type-R look particularly menacing from behind: