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Promo video of a 90s Icon. The Acura NSX


With roughly 9000 sold in the US over its 15-year production run, it's rare. Then there's historical impact: Would today's Ferrari 458 be as breathtaking if not for Honda's sports-car wake-up call? Yet it's still modern enough for an invigorating drive. Plus, these cars are spectacularly reliable.

NSXs were never about power, but the car's V-6 is now so far down in the plebeian zone that even Accord drivers scoff. Still, the full-bodied roar that culminates in a titanium-connecting-rod-enabled 8000-rpm redline never gets old. The all-aluminum Acura's 3000-lb curb weight means it's still relatively quick. Then there's the nuanced texture coming through its unassisted steering rack; it amplifies the disconnect between road and palm in nearly every modern car. And each shift of the five-speed manual is a reminder that throws don't get much more positive and precise.

When you go looking, there seems to be a steady stream of cars for sale with only a few thousand miles. Although pristine, these examples are wildly expensive and usually need around $10,000 in maintenance to be roadworthy. I drove one that had been tucked away in a garage for years and sported 17-year-old tires and fluids of the same vintage. My target was somewhat more elusive: an early model—until 1995, all NSXs were coupes, which afford much-needed headroom over the later targas—that was largely stock and accident-free. Also one that had been driven and properly maintained. All that cost me a reasonable $30,000.

This 60,000-mile Florida car would have been even sweeter if it had records all the way back through its three owners, but the service work was up-to-date, including recent timing-belt and water-pump replacements. Plus, it has the 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels from a '94–'01; the original 15/16-inch five-spokes look outdated today. Trade-offs included an aftermarket exhaust that was too far on the tuned-Civic side of the sound spectrum for my taste, a dead stereo head unit, and tires nearing their wear bars.

The NSX barely changed from 1991 to 2005, but its price swelled with inflation, from $60,600 to $89,765.

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