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10K Original Miles: 1992 Acura NSX

The Acura NSX is one of the best choices out there for a supercar that provides everyday livability with the promise of continuing to appreciate handily as the years wear on. Few supercars can deliver the reliability of a Honda while still being capable of pulling six-figure price tags when found in pristine condition, such as this example offered here on the LBI Limited website for $112,000 with just under 11,000 original miles from new.

Decades after its introduction, the NSX still looks incredibly fresh. The design has endured quite well, and holds up nicely against other sports and super cars from the era. The NSX was exotic in all the right ways but never to the point that it sacrificed its ability to be one of the most reliable supercars ever built. The mid-engine design certainly added to that sense of exotica, but it was tempered by needing a basic timing belt service to keep it from imploding versus the massive engine-out procedure a Ferrari needs every few years, often to the tune of over $10,000.

The interior was perhaps where you felt the least supercar-like, as it honestly appears to be more of a high-end Honda cockpit rather than that of a limited production headliner. The deeply bolstered bucket seats offered plenty of support while also looking like they could be right at home in the interior of an early 1990s Acura Legend coupe. Controls were simple and driver-focused like pretty much every Honda/Acura product of this era, and the driving experience was familiar with the exception of having a screaming banshee of an engine behind your head.

With a 270 horsepower 3.0L V6 engine cranking out the tunes, the NSX is still a formidable performer, even by today’s insane supercar standards. It can’t compete against those models turning out 0-60 times of under five seconds, but who cares? It’s truly one of the last analog supercars left, and prices will never be lower than they are now. Personally, I’d look for a high-mileage early car with a recent belt service as a vehicle I could use and flog with abandon, while also saving a few thousand bucks in the process over a time-warp specimen. Whichever way you choose, though, it’s near impossible to go wrong.


  1. Sam61

    The thinking man’s supercar. Just like The Wolf in Pulp Fiction… I think fast and I talk fast.

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  2. Frank Sumatra

    The interior was better looking than the 1992 ZR-1and probably had better tactile sense from the looks of it.

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  3. JohnfromSC

    There is a reason that so many of these have under 10K miles on them. I remember vividly owners dumping them because they routinely ate up tires at 5K miles. And after the second set of tires, most original owners were done and moved on. These cars only appreciate now because they look great and everyone just shows them,versus really putting sone highway miles on them. So they really aren’t different than classic Ferraris, except they are cheaper.

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  4. drew

    The Car and Driver shoot out put this car on top by a long way. 2nd place Porsche of some 911 variant, 3rd Corvette ZR-1, 4th Ferrari 348, last place Lotus Esprit.

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  5. JoeNYWF64

    Is that an interference motor? Does it cost more than a grand to replace the timing belt & water pump?
    Again i ask about trusting an air bag that OLD – better to disable it?

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  6. BA

    My mom had a 2004 Accord 2 Dr V6 3.0 with the same seats & while a nice car it’s basically shares a lot with the NSX & not trying to be a hater but never saw the fascination with both cars other than reliable & well made which after replacing power steering pump , alternator, valve cover gaskets & motor mount passenger side & a transmission (done by dealer)on the car literally driven by a old lady I wouldn’t crow about being reliable ! Good gas mileage absolutely no argument

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  7. TheOldRanger

    Great looking car, but priced well out of my range. I was a Honda owner from 1979 until 2020 and loved those cars. I still have my 96 hatchback, but our family vehicle is an Outback, due to where we now live (in retirement). I drive my 96 on occasion but usually just in the Village, but sometimes to a store just outside the gates. Tough to beat dependability and 40+ mpg.

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