Honda Civic Type R (EP3)

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Price then: £17,950 Price now: £3,500

The orig­i­nal Civic Type R, the EK9, was a Ja­pan-only model – but the EP3 brought the Type R lu­nacy to the Euro­pean masses. Well, they were built in Swin­don which did make things a bit eas­ier! The manic K20A2 mo­tor of­fered 197bhp and, while there wasn’t a lot of torque low down, it was all about the revs; VTEC kicked in at 5,500rpm, and from then on the scenery went dis­tinctly blurry. The han­dling was as­tound­ing (facelifted cars had re­vised steer­ing which was a bit woolly on ear­lier cars), and the af­ter­mar­ket en­sured that these were very well catered for: you don’t nec­es­sar­ily need to throw a lot of power at an EP3, as your point-to-point times are eas­ily re­duced with chas­sis and sus­pen­sion tweaks. With­out even touch­ing the en­gine, you can turn one of these into an ab­so­lute weapon with the ad­di­tion of some JDM-spec anti-roll bars, cam­ber arms and grip­pier tyres. And if big power is your bag, the K20 re­sponds very well to su­per­charg­ing too!

Top 5 mods: ITG Max­o­gen in­duc­tion, Hardrace cam­ber arms, Tein coilovers, Goodyear Ea­gle F1 tyres, TTS Per­for­mance su­per­charger

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