Cars Then & Now

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1991 Acura NSX
Original Base Price: $65,000
This mid-engine 2-seat sports car from Honda’s luxury division challenged the exotic sports cars of the day when it went on sale in August 1990. The first production car with an all-aluminum chassis and body, the NSX drew power from a 3.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine producing 270 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque, mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. The NSX debuted Honda’s Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system and featured PGM-F1 fuel injection developed in Formula One racing; it was also the first production car to use titanium connecting rods. Hand assembled by a team of special technicians, the NSX was the most expensive Japanese production car ever, costing a cool $65,000. In 1995 the new NSX-T added a removable roof panel and an optional Sequential SportShift automatic transmission. Only 49 copies of the 1999 Alex Zanardi Edition NSX were produced, which featured revised suspension, exclusive interior, exterior styling cues and finished in Formula Red. Production of the original NSX ceased at the end of 2005.

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