EK9: 10 Years EK9 Anniversary – A little retrospective!

Woooohow! Time to celebrate! When i recently browsed some old pictures, i figured out that, today exactly 10 Years ago, on the 20. April 2007 a journy started which i never thought would take me that far and bring me so much joy. Time to look back:

It all started with above bad quality auction pictures of a Tokyo based Car auction and an auction sheet that met my requirments. My partner in crime was then able to check it out in the auction parking lot and start the motor to see if it runs. He sent me a few pictures and a video of the running motor:

After we lost a few other auctions we finally won this one and a few days later the car was delivered to the RO/RO port of Yokohama by a local towing company. Again i got a few shots from my partner. Meanwhile he was preparing all the shipping documents, Insurrance, tax documents, export certificate, etc…

Here it’s in front of the RO/RO ship.

While waiting for the car to get loaded (took a few weeks), i got a EMS delivery with all the documents needed and the car’s manuals etc. Things started to get “real” 🙂

And another few weeks later my and my buddy were finally able to pick it up in Bremerhaven Port (germany) after a 7 hours drive. This is the first time i see my EK9. I couldn’t be happier. A dream came true back then. And instead of sleeping one night there before returning home as we had planned, we drove it straight back home again 7 hours, because it was just so unreal 🙂

It took me then another three years to finally have it homologated and legalized. It was all a bit tricky because it’s the only kind of B16b motor which has been registered here. And as far as i know it remains the only street legal EK9 in switzerland. Meanwhile even with some nice modifications. Here are some shots i made in it’s original glory:

Every now and then i think about selling the car. I don’t make a lot of miles in it, it costs a lot of money and it’s not really THAT valuable compared to other 90ies JDM cars. However everytime this happens i just hop into the drivers seat, make a little trip up the hills and come back with a huge grin and the decision to never sell it 🙂 who knows – opinions may change, but for now it’s still a bit of a love-thing. Let’s hope to keep her at least another 10 years 🙂 This is how it looks now:

BTW if you’re interrested in my mods you can read a build thread in german here:
www.hondaholics.ch/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=11995

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