Honda has produced many legendary cars in the past few decades, especially its Type R models. However, imagine if you get to see all of them in one place, in stock form no less. Well, one Honda dealer in Seremban decided to set up a Type R museum of sorts.
The dealer is Ban Lee Heng Motor and currently, they’re displaying some truly showroom-fresh Honda classics including the DC5 Integra Type R, AP1 S2000, and three generations of the Civic Type R including the one that started it all, the EK9.
All five cars on display looked really stock, with little to no mods on them, and they belonged to a private collector. So, why display these beauties instead of the standard Honda models?
Well, the dealer has managed to sell all of its stock, buoyed by the SST exemption. As new stocks won't arrive sooner since Honda's production in Melaka is put on pause due to MCO 2.0, rather than leaving the showroom empty, the dealer decided to showcase these beauties instead.
I especially fancy the S2000 and its very clean, stock form. The S2000 was a track-day superstar designed for the road and was powered by a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated F20C (250 PS/220 Nm) mated to a 6-speed manual.
The DC5 Integra Type R on the other hand is a potent version of the last-gen Integra. It is recognisable by its goalpost-like wing and is powered by a 2.0-litre K20A that produces 220 PS and 206 Nm. This is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Then we come to the Civic Type Rs and while some might gush over the FK8 Type R, we would like to focus the attention on its predecessors. The EK9 Civic Type R was the first Civic model to get the Type R treatment. It is powered by a 1.6-litre B16B engine that produces 185 PS and 160 Nm.
Meanwhile, the FD2 Civic Type R is the only sedan Civic Type R, and Malaysia was blessed to be one of the few markets outside Japan to have it sold officially. The FD2 is powered by a 2.0-litre K20A engine (225 PS/215 Nm) and is paired to a 6-speed manual.
While most of us in the affected states can’t make a trip to Seremban to check out this cool collection, those who can should check it out. As the showroom is closed today due to public holiday in Negeri Sembilan, you can only check out this prime collection of Hondas from tomorrow (15-Jan) onwards.
As you can see, Ban Lee Heng Motor is not your average car dealer. The fact that they are constantly innovating and adapting to new challenges even in this difficult MCO 2.0 periods says a lot about how they run their business. They have even started their own Youtube channel.