The most money spent on a single car part?

By Colin Wood
May 17, 2023 | Project car, Discussion, Car Parts

Photography Credits: (Computer), Courtesy Honda (brake)

Sure, we all like to save money on our project cars–often with frequent trips to the junkyard, bartering on social media or even jury-rigging components from other cars–but sometimes hard-to-find parts can carry a steep price tag, or the components you need can only be purchased through select (read: expensive) vendors.

In that regard, what’s the largest amount of money you spent on a single car part?

Join Free Join our community to easily find more Project car, Discussion and Car Parts news.
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/16/23 4:22 p.m.

For a single component/assembly, it would have to be the MS3X EMS in the AE92 that cost something like $400 plus a used MS2 in a trade.

Edit: Or arguably the time I spent $750 on a rare Toyota C160 transaxle. Ended up not using it and selling it for less than that sad

Tom1200 UberDork
5/16/23 4:25 p.m.

$1500 for a Nissan close ratio gearbox.

calteg SuperDork
5/16/23 4:27 p.m.

Paid $1500 for a miata hardtop in a rare color about a decade ago

Also backed into my boxster with another car, fender replacement was not inexpensive

V2U_03 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
5/16/23 4:35 p.m.

$3250 for a VW 02j trans with a 6 speed conversion and Quafe lsd. I sure hope I lose this contest.

ToManyProjects Reader
5/16/23 4:40 p.m.

Does buying a 'system' count? Like the Supercharger setup I bought for a miata back in the day? Or a set of wheels or tires? Or are we talking about a single part?

Ranger50 MegaDork
5/16/23 4:46 p.m.

$2500 for the used transmission in the Avalanche back in 21. Or the half, $2000, towards the transmission in the Suburban the year prior.

Im sure I have more, I just have to think about it.... Someone bring the marshmallows.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/16/23 4:52 p.m.
ToManyProjects said:

Does buying a 'system' count? Like the Supercharger setup I bought for a miata back in the day? Or a set of wheels or tires? Or are we talking about a single part?

Single part, but I'll accept a "system" for the sake of the conversation.

Ranger50 MegaDork
5/16/23 4:53 p.m.

Oooooh I got more...

$800 Bogart racing wheels in 01? They are easily 2500$ now for a complete set.

$1200 for a Vortech R-trim and sbf mounting bracket. Add in the other $400 for the other miscellaneous stuff back in 02? Eventually traded it all, plus a MSD digital 6 box,  for an 89? Fox body coupe with a crumpled pass rear quarter but completely drivable in 04-ish.

mustanghammer New Reader
5/16/23 6:26 p.m.

$4500 for a Jerico/Hightower transmission.  About $3500 more to get it working in my RX7.

kb58 UltraDork
5/16/23 6:46 p.m.

Are we obligated to outdo the last post?

$4000 for a Jaguar F-Type headlight assembly.

To really escalate this, the battery pack on the top-of-the-line McLaren is supposedly around $120K...

You'll need to log in to post.

Our Preferred Partners