Brand New Classic: Acura NSX

By John Beltz Snyder

June 02, 2011

Brand New Classic is exactly what it sounds like; a feature about vehicles that have just crossed the magical 20-year mark, and are now considered classics (at least according to some definitions). Of course, 20 years a classic does not make. After all, who’s going to argue that a 1991 Pontiac Sunbird deserves the title of classic? With that being said, feel free to chime in on whether our current car deserves to be a classic, along with any personal experiences you may have with it.

The Acura NSX came on the scene for the 1991 model year as a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive car powered by a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter VTec V-6. When equipped with the five-speed manual transmission, it boasted an 8000-rpm redline, and produced 270 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque.

During its development, famed Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna was able to test the NSX at Honda’s Suzuka Circuit, and give feedback to the engineers. It comes as no wonder, then, that drivers saw the NSX as a great performance car for both public roads and the racetrack. We would argue that it had the looks to back up its performance chops, with obvious cues taken from design elements of exotic cars of the day. The 1991 NSX was offered in three colors: Formula Red, Berlina Black, and Sebring Silver.

Searching eBay Motors, we find that the marketplace is sparsely populated by the 1991 NSX, with only four examples available at the time of this writing. The best bargain we found for a car with fewer than 100K miles on the odometer is a red, 84,000-mile NSX selling for a “Buy It Now” price of $28,900 in Chicago, Illinois. The car is completely stock, and the seller claims it has never been raced—good selling points for this brand new classic.


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