• Jan 14, 2011
Attention real estate investors, motorsports teams and all-around wealthy folks, we have found your next investment ,and all we ask in return is an open invitation. Honda has apparently decided to put its Cantil, California proving grounds up for sale, and we're drooling over the possibilities. The listing, which is being handled by CB Richard Ellis, consists of various test tracks (including a 7.5 mile oval track and 4.5 mile winding road loop) and buildings located on over 4,200 acres of land. There's no asking price attached at the moment, but we can only assume that a long string of zeros will be written on the buyer's check.

Check out the listing on the CB Richard Ellis site then help us ponder how to turn this automotive playground into our new headquarters.

[Source: CB Richard Ellis via Bring-A-Trailer]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      We had a feature on the sale of the Honda test facility back on Tuesday in Automotive Traveler. You can read about it here. http://bit.ly/eWumJK

      I made a phone call in to the listing broker and found out that farm land in the area typically sells for about $1,000 an acre, making the minimum price of the property about $4m. Over the years Honda has invested many times that amount in the facility. But it remains to be seen just how much of their investment they will recover.

      The facility has the most value to an up-and-coming car manufacturer, possibly Chinese. I'm thinking that when the dust settles it will be someone like BYD that will end up with the property.

      Richard Truesdell
      Editorial Director, Automotive Traveler Magazine, automotivetraveler.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Drool!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any thoughts on how much this will go for? We were thinking on buying a condo, but this is mighty tempting...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone needs to start a donation campaign.

      This could be the beginning of the US version of a Nurburgring--that would be sweet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the cut of your jib, sailor.

        This could definitely be made a lot of fun, with the right investors. Leno's got a lot of cash he's not doing anything with. Someone get him on the horn!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I saw an ad for this in Autoweek the other day. I thought it was smart marketing by CBRE to put the ad in an auto mag.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I saw it in Autoweek too. I immediately hit their website and did some research.

        .... if only I had the money.....

        *sigh*
      • 4 Years Ago
      WANT!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm in for $100
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, Auto Blog,

        I have a few thousand saved up, I know its not enough, but if you can gather up some others plus a few other we might be able to put in an unreasonable (meaning low) offer.

        You never know, we could get lucky...
      • 4 Years Ago
      A 7.5 mile oval?
      Hot dang I bet you could get some speed on that back straight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh man, if I were a billionaire I would have purchased it by now.

      Wow, just fill up the garages with a bunch of cool track cars, hire full-time mechanics, invite friends over and have a total blast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In for 2
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about we all pitch in on it? Those of us on AB who pitched in can use it free of charge (or alternatively, at a discount) while the rest get charged a reasonable rate. This would be a great opportunity to make a US version of the Nurburgring. Add a some 'events', manufacturer race days, etc...and we might just be able to prove that something like this CAN make money.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda isn't interested in proving their cars any more? Who knew?
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