Honda Civic Type R (EP3)
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