2017 Honda Civic Type R
If you’re reading this, you’ve certainly read the broad strokes of the newest Honda to wear the red “R” badge. 306 turbocharged horsepower make quite a statement in a compact hatchback.
Then you peer inside this car, staged dead center of the collection. Just aft of the red leather shift knob is a riveted plate with a curiously low number – R-00005, to be precise. Then you glance through the windscreen at the VIN plate. The last digits match. This is the fifth FK8-chassis Civic Type R ever built. Number R-00001, painted blue, sold in a charity auction at Bring a Trailer for $200,000.
Cunningham notes that his #5 car is the first one painted in Honda’s Championship White – to Honda geeks, paint code NH-0. Interestingly, only the first ten cars off the production line match their console badge number to their VIN, as car 11 and beyond were built for the European market. Beyond #10, the VIN and console badge never matched again.
This CTR has been driven a bit, but other than a couple paint blemishes and strategically placed RTR decals, it’s as it was on the day it was delivered.
Integra Type R – Five of Them
Count ‘em. Five of the DC-chassis Integra Type R – one in each color.
“But wait,” the geek within exclaims, “Acura only sold the Type R in black, white, and yellow!”
And you would be correct. Honda, however, offered the otherworldly B18C5 engine overseas – mostly in the home market – in red and silver, and the RealTime Collection Hall proudly displays one of each. Note the Japanese-market headlamps and grille.
The Milano Red Integra Type R here was a factory test mule, having driven at the Nürburgring among other places. A keen eye will note the lug pattern on the Vogue Silver Metallic four-door Type R – the earliest Japanese-market cars had the four lug 4×100 bolt pattern typical of lesser DC-chassis Integras.
As for the US market cars, the 1997 Championship White car has around 15,000 miles on the odometer – and the original tires. The Flamenco Black Pearl? 91,000 one-owner miles. The Phoenix Yellow? 4600 miles, having never seen rain despite being sold new in Chicago.