Millennial favorite 1991 Acura NSX coupe

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The Acura NSX is a low-mileage example of the mid-engine sports coupe

Whenever talk turns to future collector cars, particularly those that appeal to the coming generation of collectors, the Acura NSX sports coupe must be listed among them.  The landmark mid-engine design put the Japanese brand among the top sports cars in form and function, and values have been rising for nice examples.

The Pick of the Day is a 1991 Acura NSX from the second year of production for Honda’s U.S. luxury brand.  This NSX is something of a time-warp example in original condition with just 32,000 miles on its odometer.

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“This is an excellent driver quality NSX that is ready to be enjoyed by the next owner,” according to the Syosset, New York, dealer advertising the coupe on ClassicCars.com.

The NSX was a stunning arrival in 1990, with styling that competed with the Italian exotics and a 3.0-liter, 270-horsepower VTEC V6 that could challenge the Corvettes and Ferrari 348s of the day.  Its finely balanced handling also drew raves.

Still, the Acura was knocked by some zealots for its V6 engine in a realm where V8s and V12s hold sway, complaining that NSX looked faster than it was.  Nonsense, replied those who saw the NSX as offering a lot of super sports car for the money in a package that was also Honda reliable.

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But if 270 horses weren’t enough power for you, the aftermarket quickly got all over NSX with a multitude of upgrades to boost power and handling, not that it really needed it.

And for a good example of a V6 sports car that was dissed before it became a highly valued collector car, look no further than the Ferrari Dino 246 GT, which was a bargain-basement exotic for many years before it became a 6-figure prize. That also could be in NSX’s future.

This Acura NSX is fitted with a set of aftermarket wheels and a custom engine air filter, although the original air box comes with the sale, the seller says. The paint finished looks very good in the photos with the ad and the interior looks fresh, with some attractive patina on the leather seats.

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The NSX is priced at $63,800, which is just about right according to current valuations.  And it’s a car you can drive without worrying about pricey periodic service trips to the dealer or the continuous threat of a major breakdown.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

4 COMMENTS

  1. My greatest seller remorse involves a 1991 black-over-black 50K NSX. I was the third owner. The first had it in a collection, the second was a great guy who took immaculate care of it, then me. A local friend badgered me for years to trade it to him for his Porsche. The Porsche was a fine car but almost weekly, I regret losing the NSX.

  2. I don’t think it’s just Millennials who would be drawn to this car. As a Gen-X’er myself in my 40’s now I can see many of my peers being drawn to this. After all, Honda Civic’s and Acura Integra’s were just starting to become the go-to car for many teens as I was entering my late-teens to early-20’s. That’s when the "tuner" craze was just starting to set in back in the 90’s. For me it was American muscle all the way but many of my peers back then wanted nothing more than a tuned Honda. That led to many interesting debates over which was superior, a Mustang GT or an Acura Integra?

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