The Acura brand celebrates its 35-year anniversary this year. Honda launched its luxury brand in 1986 with two models — the flagship Legend sedan and the sporty Integra hatchback. Since then, much more has come.
Acura enthusiasts — yes, there are such creatures — consider the 1990s the “golden era,” not only because of robust Legend sales but the rollout of the mid-engine NSX supercar and the development of the high-revving Integra Type R.
Well-kept examples, reflecting Acura’s “Precision Crafted Performance” slogan, are becoming rare and sought after.
Thus AutoHunter is happy to add to its docket a trio of such vehicles, offered at no reserve and from the private collection of well-known Acura specialist and ClassicCars.com Journal contributor Tyson Hugie.
A long-time Acura enthusiast, he has had more than 20 Acura products, and reports that each one has provided a unique and rewarding ownership experience. However, as much as he would love to “collect them all,” he has decided it’s time to let some go.
Launching March 8 on AutoHunter was a 1992 Acura 2.3CL, followed on March 9 by a 1996 2.5TL and on March 10 by a 1993 Legend L coupe. Each will be available for bidding for one week.
The 1999 Acura 2.3CL is a 5-speed sport coupe that, with its tapered rear end and rounded shape, embodied the futuristic CL-X concept car design in production form. Its 2.3-liter VTEC inline-four was shared with the Honda Accord and excelled in reliability and economy. The striking Milano Red paint is in excellent shape and the car has records dating back to its original owner.
The 1996 Acura 2.5TL slotted midway between the compact 4-cylinder Integra and the flagship V6 RL, the TL model literally splitting the difference by incorporating an inline-5 that was carried over from the outgoing 1992-94 Vigor model. Engineers positioned the motor longitudinally for optimal weight balance, and this example is well-sorted by an independent Honda specialty repair facility.
The 1993 Acura Legend L coupe was ahead of its time, with actuator-assisted door closing mechanisms and a 230-horsepower “Type II” motor. This one, in Granada Black Pearl, has been driven only 115,000 miles and was retained by its original owner for 27 years before joining the Hugie collection. It may be retired to a collection, but remains a capable daily driver.
Each of the cars in this collection is offered at no reserve and will be listed for 7 days.