Pick of the Day: 1992 Acura NSX

New Sports eXperimental: mid-engine exotic melds performance with reliability

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The Acura NSX has been tastefully refreshed with a repaint and graphics

Sports cars around the country are breaking free from their battery tenders and shedding that protective winter coating commonly called a car cover.  With spring in full swing, enthusiasts can finally – and comfortably – enjoy the sunshine and clear roads from behind the wheels of their fun rides.

The Pick of the Day is a 1992 Acura NSX coupe that’s begging to carve up the nearest canyon road, advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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The Acura NSX was a revolutionary car when it first debuted for the 1991 model year. It packaged a high-revving Honda V6 engine, lightweight aluminum body and balanced driving dynamics in a car that was aesthetically modeled after a jet fighter.  The car looked the part, and even though it had only 252 horsepower in automatic transmission configuration, that was still sufficient to give competitive acceleration for its time.  The manual-transmission cars came with 270 horsepower.

This NSX is finished in Formula Red with Ivory leather interior.  The repaint is a few years old but it shows well in the photos with the ad, and the interior presents nicely, too.  The seller indicates that the Acura comes with a fair amount of service history as well as the owner’s manual.  The car recently had some service performed including a timing belt, water pump, and a new radiator, the seller notes. 

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The Axura has 132,000 miles on the odometer, but those service items should make the next buyer feel comfortable hitting the open road.

With engineering design input coming from the late Formula 1 World Champion Ayrton Senna, the Acura NSX launch changed perspectives that performance and reliability could not coexist.  And while a six-figure odometer reading on many exotics is a scary thought, this NSX’s VTEC-equipped motor could very well be just broken in.

The seller is asking $42,000.  

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The only known mechanical issue is that the radio is inoperable.  “We prefer to listen to the headers and aftermarket exhaust,” the seller states.  The song of a 3-liter V6 behind the ears might be just the right soundtrack for an upcoming summer adventure.

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

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Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.

8 COMMENTS

  1. in Europe they’re costing around that, but in better condition and much less mileage, but they’re not really asked here

  2. $42000 is a bit much when not quite half that will get me a 4 year old Corvette with no where near the miles and current technology coupled with at least a 350/305….Not that the Acura isn’t a nice period piece but the purchase price is just a bit too much to move forward.

  3. And with the Corvette, you can join a Corvette Club. 🙂

    You can’t do that with an NSX..

    With that money , get a C2.. They go up in value. 🙂 Prettiest American Sports Car ever Built…

  4. Not sure where you guys are finding a decent NSX for under $40k. My dad used to tell me that when he was a kid, a movie and 2 hot dogs was 25 cents. Are you referring to those days?

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