Lot 99
1991 Acura NSX



• Honda’s first supercar
• Highly desirable color scheme
• Designed to meet and exceed Ferrari’s performance specifications

3.0-litre DOHC VTEC 24-valve V-6 engine, 270 HP, electronic fuel injection, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes; wheelbase: 99.6”

Until about halfway through 1990, any given mid-engine supercar most likely came from Italy. Brands such as Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and even Lancia historically produced high-performance sports cars with engines placed strategically behind the driver for the purpose of ideal weight distribution. At any rate, supercars at this point certainly did not come from Japan. Honda, which had already gained a reputation for breaking the rules upon launching the Acura brand in the United States during 1986, was about to change this. After its first showing in the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, the NSX debuted in mid-1990 as a 1991 model. It looked a lot like a 328 or 348 Ferrari, but with a very difference—the build quality and reliability of a Honda. In fact, Honda’s executive staff had set specific goals for their supercar that required it to meet or exceed the performance of a Ferrari while offering superior engineering and a much lower price. During the vehicle’s development, Executive Chief Engineer Shigeru Uehara specifically researched everything from F-16 fighter jets to open-wheel F1 race cars in order to optimize the NSX’s visibility and directional stability. Honda even enlisted the design expertise of the late Formula One World Champion and motoring legend Ayrton Senna who drove an NSX himself.

This stealthy looking NSX, painted in a black over code R-77 Formula Red exterior is a two-owner car. The first owner took delivery in Texas in 1991, and kept the car for over 17 years, delicately putting only 75,698 miles on the odometer during that time. It is one of 2,886 NSXs to be equipped with a manual gearbox, and only 1 of 1,093 to be produced with this factory exterior/interior color combination in 1991. With a 3.0-litre DOHC PFM-FI 24-valve VTEC V-6 engine and five-speed manual gearbox, this Acura is certain to be a powerful opponent in any competitive event. This exceptionally well-preserved NSX comes equipped with the highly desirable E-code black leather interior. Additional desirable features include automatic climate control, power and vented four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, power locks, tilt/telescoping steering column, power windows, cruise control, power seats, a rear window defroster, power mirrors, traction control, and a driver’s side airbag. With only 3,162 produced in 1991, this well-maintained NSX is one of very few low mileage examples left out there and would make a sound investment or a fun show car.

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