Cardiff, United Kingdom



A UK Honda Civic Type R EP3 with 65,670 miles and family owned for last 15 years.
Dual SRS airbags, ISOFIX child restraint system, side impact beams, front and rear crumple zones, immobiliser, Honda Superlocks, remote central locking, body styling kit, sports grill, rear spoiler, electric windows, electric door mirrors, alloy gear shift knob, Type-R racing style front seats (Alcantara trimmed), leather covered steering wheel with red ‘R’ stitching, high security CD tuner stereo, micro antenna. Factory Options; Air conditioning, adjustable rear head restraints. Dealer accessories; Tailored Type R embossed floor mats.
This tremendous flagship Honda Civic Type R is finished in Milano Red. A deep gloss shine to the pin straight factory panels reflects the very low mileage of this pampered example. Minor markings commensurate with the usage extend to touched in frontal stone chips and a small spray-repaired area on the bonnet. The bumpers, spoilers and trim are fully intact and unscathed other than a small scratch on the rear right corner and light clusters are clear with none of the common plastic fatigue. This unmolested Type R looks superb and is a fantastic useable example of this modern classic white-hot hatchback.
An unspoilt and super clean interior is sure to delight the next owner of this example. The brilliant body-hugging Type-R racing style front seats with Alcantara trim throughout, are in fantastic order with firm wear free bolsters and virtually none of the common bobbling to the Alcantara fabric. Huge wings to the front seats, red seat panel inserts and Type R embossment are an unsubtle reminder that this really is no ordinary Civic. The carpets have benefited from protection by genuine Type R embossed floor mats and the matching door cards are in excellent order. The aluminium effect fascia is unmarked and the leather steering wheel with bright red stitching is in superb order. The immaculate boot area houses a space saver spare wheel along with the full toolkit and spare bulb set. The small plaque on the centre console informs you that the car is build number R-39157 and this example has thankfully avoided the modifier brigade.
Little introduction is needed for the engineering wonderment that is Honda’s legendary naturally aspirated engines and their phenomenal capabilities, and the chain driven K20A2 i-VTEC in this EP3 Civic remains in factory standard form. From just a 2.0 litre powerplant, Honda engineers have developed an incredible 197bhp with the VTEC system engaging at 5900rpm and increasing thrust up to an awesome 8050rpm! A top speed of 146mph along with 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds is enough to embarrass many a performance car with much larger capacity engines. The engine bay is clean and exactly as Honda intended with all factory stickers and plates intact even to the underside of the bonnet. The slick 6-speed manual short-throw gearbox allows rapid slingshot gear changes.
This example benefits from a custom-made stainless steel exhaust fitted in 2019, sympathetic to the original Honda version but designed to last for this future classic.
Unique 17-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels are in good order, with Honda locking wheel nuts and wear matching branded Pirelli P Zero Nero 205/45 R17 tyres to all four corners showing ample tread. Correct large callipers are clearly visible through the spokes and hint towards the impressive stopping power with advanced features such as ABS and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).
Manufactured in Swindon, England and build number R-39157, the car was first registered on 18th May 2005. Supplied as a UK car by Honda Main Dealer Swindon, to a Honda executive. Subsequently sourced and supplied by Bassetts Honda of Bridgend to its second owner, my mother, after only 8 months and 4347 miles. She cherished it for 5 years before selling it to me in 2011. This example has covered just 65,670 miles from new in the hands of 3 dedicated owners.
The original service book contains four Honda stamped entries from 2007-10 with a further 10 annual stamped entries from the same garage in Bridgend. The most recent service carried out in October 2020. All handbooks, manuals and dealership point of sale literature is included in the leather document wallet and there are two Honda keys with remote fobs. A further history folder contains corresponding service invoices and a complete set of MOT certificates dating back to the first in 2008 to further verify the genuine low mileage. Gaining almost immediate cult status when launched and a ‘must drive’ for car enthusiasts, this unspoilt example will not disappoint and equal examples are becoming harder to find.
MOT November 2021, HPI Clear.


  • LayoutFront Engined
  • Size2.0L
  • AspirationNormally Aspirated


  • Power 197 bhp
  • Torque 145 lbs/ft
  • Top speed 146 mph
  • Acceleration0 to 62 in 6.8 s


  • TypeManual
  • Gears6
  • Driven wheelsFront Wheel Drive


  • TypePetrol
  • Economy 31.7 mpg


  • Seats5


  • Doors3
  • ColourRed
  • Body typeHatchback


  • Emissions 212 (g/km)


  • Vehicle height 1,498 mm
  • Vehicle width 1,695 mm


  • Owners3

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