1996 Acura NSX

Base Targa
Sale Price
2 April 2022
Sold Date
S 102
Lot Number
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. JH4NA1184TT000081. Formula Red exterior over tan leather. V6 2977/270hp, 5-speed, Dunlop Direzza tires, power windows, air conditioning, factory cassette.

Evaluation: Represented with 28,190 miles and a full service a year ago. The paint could be better. There are some rock chips and blemishes on the front as well as some light scratches on the rear. There is some road dirt underneath, and some paint is coming off the brake calipers. The interior looks fantastic. Straightforward, lightly used NSX with forgivable age. It has low enough mileage that it shouldn’t need anything serious for a long time, but the mileage isn’t so low that you’d feel guilty with every tick of the odometer. You could just enjoy Honda’s masterpiece of a driver’s car.

Bottom Line: This car was a $57,000 no-sale on Bring a Trailer in 2019, an $87,500 no-sale on PCARMARKET last November, and a $105,000 no-sale at Kissimmee back in January. Oddly enough, its trips across a virtual auction block didn’t attract much attention. It took a live auction to get appropriate bidding for its condition and mileage, it just took the seller twice to actually take the money. 

by Andrew Newton
18 April 2022
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