It’s common knowledge that modded cars sell for less at auction but this Civic hatch is bucking the trend.
You’d think that a swapped Civic would sell for a lot less than an equal stock version of the same car but this Civic that auctioned for thousands at an Oklahoma auction says otherwise. According to the latest Leake auction in Oklahoma earlier this weekend (Feb. 25, 2019) this 1996 Honda Civic DX hatchback sold for $14,000, well over what anyone thought this little hatch would actually sell for. Check out a gallery of photos and a video of the auction making its rounds on the internet below.
This is no ordinary hatch, far from it. Under the hood, the stock D-series is yanked out in favor of a high-revving engine from a 98 Integra Type R. With twice the horsepower and around 50 percent more torque, it’s a desirable swap in the Honda crowd. The auction listing goes onto list a CVS receipt length amount of mods including a Wilwood Big Brake kit all around, J’s Racing exhaust, and exclusive JDM aero bits.
The actual price of the shell plus all the parts and labor actually put into this car, this is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of a $75,000-$100,000 build when all is said and done.
But, at the end of the day it’s a DX hatch with a B-series swap. According to Doug DeMuro, and I tend to agree with him here, modded cars usually don’t sell well because people don’t want a car the way you modded it and they don’t know the history behind who swapped what.
Realistically, this hatch would probably sell for $9,000 $12,000 on some forum or Facebook group, so, the fact that it sold for much more than that is pretty amazing.
What do you think? Would you drop this much money on a 23 year-old modded Honda Civic Hatchback with a swap? Let me know in the comments below!