Lot 88
1992 Acura NSX



• Only 16,629 kilometres
• The first all-aluminum mass-produced car
• Five-speed manual
• Rare Japanese Domestic Market Car

3.0-litre V-6 engine with variable-volume intake system, variable valve timing, electronic fuel injection, 270 HP at 7100 RPM, 210 ft-lbs torque, five-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, independent suspension, ventilated disc brakes all around; wheelbase: 99.6” (2530 mm)

The first generation of the Acura NSX was the result of a 1984 joint project between Pininfarina and Honda to design an exotic car that would outperform the Ferrari of the period at a lower price point with higher reliability. The resultant car was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989. It debuted in dealer showrooms in 1990 and was an immediate sensation.

The NSX was the first mass produced car to utilize an all-aluminum body. In addition, the car featured aluminum suspension and titanium connecting rods to reduce overall weight. The C30A engine was a technical marvel utilizing a variable-volume intake system that allowed the car to increase airflow into the engine at higher revs. This coupled with the variable valve timing and lift electronic control, which kept the valves open longer at around 5,800 rpm, allowed the V-6 to produce power and performance numbers that ranked with the exotic cars of the period. The power to weight ratio allowed the NSX to reach 168 mph (270km/h) and do 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 5.9 seconds, almost identical to the V-8 powered Ferrari 348 of the period. The final development of the car was done with the input of Formula One World Champion, Ayrton Senna. The driving dynamics of the car were sporting but very forgiving allowing a wide range of owners to enjoy the full potential of the engine and chassis.

Sales of the NSX started strong with 1,119 cars sold in 1990 and 1,940 in 1991 and 1,154 in 1992. But sales dropped nearly by half in 1993 as recession and the banking crisis of the early 1990s reduced the pool of buyers. This example is a Japanese domestic market car with low miles and all the convenience features: air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power locks, power seats and power windows. The NSX is destined to be a solid collectible with groundbreaking engineering, cutting edge styling and Honda reliability. Seldom seen and difficult to acquire, this Japanese domestic market versions provide an exciting opportunity.

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