Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno may be fighting over who gets the first new NSX but if the price of today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe classic 1991 looks to be a decent deal, you can let those two have it.
Consider Aluminum for a minute. Or, aluminium if you happen to eat your peas with a knife. That elemental metal is a member of the boron group and just so happens to be the most abundant metal found in the Earth's crust. Yay, Aluminum!
Aluminum's many attributes - it's light but relatively strong, non-toxic, easily malleable, and corrosion resistant - make it a desirable material for creating everything from beer cans to airplanes. Hell, it even caps the Washington Monument in DC where it serves as a lightning rod for the phallic memorial.
Aluminum also makes up a whopping-big part of the 1991- 2005 Acura NSX, and is a big contributor to that car's performance bona fides. While developing the NSX Honda used the Ferrari 328 and Porsche 911 as performance benchmarks. The Ferrari of course offered a V8 engine mounted mid-ships while the Porsche demonstrated what sort of damage could be done with only six cylinders under the hood.
Honda mashed up these two formulas in the creation of the NSX, dropping a modified version of the C30A 2,977-cc V6 into the car's mid-section. Offering up 270-bhp - matching that of the 328 - the VTEC mill was able to push the car to sixty in under 6 seconds and without much fuss. Helping that effort was the car's light weight- 2,978 lbs - which was the result of its aluminum-intensive design. In fact, the NSX is the first production car to offer an all-aluminum unit-body, suspension, and engine.
Today's candidate is a 1991 coupe with just an RCH over 100K on its clock. From the outside it looks pretty stock, and I'm sure we all applaud the current owner's decision to revert the car to a stock ride height and factory wheels from its previous existence dropped like the beat. Those wheels are perhaps a little tame by today's standards, but they are what Honda ordered up back in the day, and day-um but the rest of the NSX doesn't look just as spectacular today as it did when it debuted 22 years ago.
This one's bodywork - in Formula Red with its fighter jet emulating greenhouse - looks to be in fine shape. There appears to be no missing trim, the aforementioned wheels show no sign of curb rash, and the factory paint till holds its luster. Plus, it has pop-up lights. I love those!
On the inside, things are a little less stock and likewise a little more worn. The seats have been recovered, giving what was once probably a stately all-black interior an update in slutty red. That hue covers the seating surfaces as well as the aftermarket knob for the 5-speed shifter. Other changes include the removal of the '90s cell phone which has been replaced with an iPod ('member those?) cable. The 6-disc CD changer (geez, 'member those?) in the trunk has also been given the heave-ho, but does come with the car if you want it. You don't, do you?
Mechanically the car also seems not to be a ticking time bomb. The ad claims that an engine-out service (water pump, belts, hoses, etc.) was undertaken about four years and 10K ago. It also notes a factory recall on the cooling system that has additionally been done since. As you might expect of a car owned by someone who cares for its maintenance, things like brakes and clutch bits have also been changed out as they have worn. The seller affirms that the transmission is outside of the production numbers fated to potential failure due to the case/spring clip issues, so it's got that going for it too.
The NSX is a bit like titties and beer here at Jalopnik, they are pretty much universally loved. If you've ever had the chance to drive an NSX, you'll know the primary reason why. The mid-engine Acura has a unique personality, driving like an Accord when you want it to, and like a smooth but capable street fighter when you need it to. And it looks amazing every minute of every day no matter what your goal.
Because of their general desirability the NSX is that rare Japanese production car that has seen its value go up over time. Today you'll see examples going for forty or fifty thousand, or even more. That's what makes this car and its $26,000 price tag so intriguing. That's a lot of cheddar, but then this NSX looks to be a lot of car.
What do you think about this '91 NSX and its $26,000 price? Does the ad make a case for the car being worth that? Or, is this an Acura that's been inaccurately priced?
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