This weird combo manages to work brilliantly.
Honda has gone back forth over the past years about possibly building a reborn S2000 roadster, as of now, it's still up in the air. For those who still desire a performance roadster, there's the Mazda MX-5 Miata, BMW Z4, and Porsche Boxster. The options are limited but they're all fantastic. Still, the S2000's parts, specifically its naturally aspirated inline-four, six-speed manual transmission, and outstanding suspension, are hard to replicate elsewhere.
The owner of an old Vauxhall Chevette hatchback was keenly aware of that. But instead of going out and buying one of those aforementioned roadsters, he did something kind of nuts. He took one of those decades-old GM cars and combined it with parts sourced from a 2000 Honda S2000.
The result is unlike anything from 1982. Up for auction on Bring A Trailer is this S2000-powered 1982 Vauxhall Chevette. Originally purchased in the UK, the seller/ builder imported it stateside in 2008 and began his master plan the following year. The original engine was ripped out in favor of the Honda's 2.0-liter VTEC. The guy also yanked the roadster's six-speed manual, limited-slip differential, and several interior components.
The Frankenstein-like job paid off. Now a left-hand drive hot hatchback with rear-wheel-drive, it also has the Honda's independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, dual-exit exhaust, and even the 16-inch wheels. Inside is almost all Honda. The entire dashboard, console steering wheel, digital gauges, and shifter are definitely not GM circa 1982.
The builder even managed to get the push-button start and air conditioning to work. Other amenities include a CD stereo, four-point harnesses for driver and passenger, and even power windows. There's also a fire extinguisher located in the driver's side footwell. Overall, this is an extremely clean if unconventional build. That's why we love it.
Total mileage is unknown though the seller claims around 1,000 miles have been added since the build's completion. The clutch assembly and master cylinder were both replaced last year. It also had an oil change at that time. The auction ends on Tuesday, May 18 and as of this writing, the highest bid is only $2,525.