1991 Acura NSX Collector Car Shines on RM Sotheby’s Auction Block

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1991 Acura NSX 222 Front

Low-mileage, first generation NSX is an unrestored stunner with only 6,000 miles on the odometer.

While Japanese automakers have offered up a handful of incredible performance cars over the years, the Acura NSX is the first “proper” supercar from Japan. The mid-engine, rear-drive design combined with the low, wide angular body put Honda in the conversation with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, instantly making the NSX an automotive legend.

That legend hasn’t faded any in the past 27 years since the NSX first hit the street, bolstered by the introduction of the new NSX in 2016. The original Honda supercar is a hot collectable today, but some people purchased them as collector’s vehicles when they were new and one such babied-from-day one Acura supercar will be auctioned off at the RM Soethby’s Peterson Automotive Museum Auction on December 8.

1991 Acura NSX 222 Side

NSX #222

The black 1991 Acura NSX shown here was purchased new by the current owner. The current owner purchased the car as a collectable, so over the past 27 years, it has only been driven 6,000 miles while being carefully sheltered from the elements. In fact, this car has been pampered so much since 1991 that everything is original.

1991 Acura NSX 222 Engine

This 1991 Acura supercar looks as good as it did on the day that it rolled off of the assembly line, but making that pristine paint more impressive is the fact that it is the same paint that was applied at the plant in Japan almost 30 years ago. Inside and out, this NSX is all-original and completely flawless.

This car is chassis number 0222, finished in Berlina Black with matching black leather interior and equipped with the dealer-ordered luggage from Italy. The current owner has driven the car sparsely since the day that it was new and in 2017, the same owner purchased second generation Acura supercar serial number 0223 in Casino White.

That newer car is also being auctioned off at the same event in California, but the odds are good that collectors of fine Japanese sports cars are going to focus on 1991 chassis number 222. This 1991 Acura NSX is being sold without a reserve, with the RM Soethby’s website expecting the closing price to be in the range of $90,000 to $110,000. With the values of classic NSXs on the rise, we’re curious to see what happens with this one.

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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