It makes me kind of sad that the new Acura NSX doesn’t seem to be super well-received by the Honda faithful, in large part because it’s so different by the beloved original. The new one is a high-tech spaceship, maybe the best handling car I have ever driven. But if the first NSX’s purity is more your speed, and you have about as much money to spend, here’s a clean 1991 one going for $185,000.
We all know that values for clean 1990s Japanese sports cars have exploded in recent years, as (some of) the millennials who grew up lusting after them actually acquire money to make their dreams come true. But in the case of the original NSX, which was never a cheap car in its day, we’ve now hit the point where at least one is about as expensive as the latest hybrid, twin-turbo all-wheel drive model. That car starts around $156,000 and was tested by Jalopnik around $205,000.
If nostalgia’s more your bag, check out this eBay listing. It’s for a red 1991 model with a scant 1,733 miles on the odometer. One owner. Barely driven! From the listing, and pardon the punctuation here:
** THIS IS “NOT” A RESTORED NSX! * NOR is it SOME SILLY BARN FIND!! * THIS IS A 100%”ALL ORIGINAL” CA CAR. 100% AUTHENTIC and ORIGINAL OWNER 1ST YEAR PRODUCTION ACURA NSX #355 OFFERED TODAY with FULL DOCUMENTATION FROM DELIVERY NEW...TUCKED AWAY and LOVINGLY MAINTAINED in a CLIMATE CONTROLLED COLLECTION SINCE DRIVEN OFF THE SHOWROOM FLOOR SEPT 6th,1990.* MIGHT JUST BE A ONCE in a LIFETIME OWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY to ADD to a SERIOUS COLLECTION?
You could do far worse as your daily driver. I’ve been lucky enough to drive the original NSX, and in terms of handling, manual gearbox goodness, style, coolness and everyday livability, it absolutely lives up to the legend it has now. You won’t be winning many drag races with the 270 horsepower aluminum 3.0-liter V6, but that isn’t the point.
Still, is a super-clean, barely driven NSX good enough to warrant that $185,000 price tag, which is the Buy It Now price on this auction that ends Tuesday? I’m not sure. You could get a new McLaren for that much, or several cheaper cars, or, again, the new NSX.
It’s a dream car for somebody out there. I do hope whoever buys this thing actually drives it, because the NSX deserves to be put to good use.
Hat tip to Glenn K!