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First Sold in US? 1991 Acura NSX

The seller believes that his 1991 Acura NSX is the first one sold in the United States, owing to research performed around the car’s VIN number. The seller’s listing cites online sources that state, “The first 1991 NSX available for sale in the USA had serial number 000063; all lower numbers were pre-production prototypes,” and this car has that special number sequence. The NSX is a driver, with some miles on the clock and prior paintwork, but appears to be well-maintained. Find it here on eBay with bids to just under $52,000.

Of course, the reserve remains unmet at that price, as NSXs are reliably trading hands for more than that these days. And then you factor in the production number and the potential to go even higher than your standard driver-grade NSX seems like a possibility. The seller notes the rear bumper has been previously painted due to a low-speed impact, but that the Carfax otherwise remains clean. There is some evidence of clearcoat failure on the hood.

The NSX is a supercar you can drive everyday, and this listing would be getting plenty of clicks just on that basis alone. The production sequence is a curious thing, as some early production cars end up in museums and others barely get any extra attention because of it. I’m not sure how much of a role it will play in this NSX’s final sale price, but I have to imagine it will matter in the end. The seller’s car remains in good shape overall, with some wear and tear noted in the black leather interior.

One of my favorite details about this NSX is likely the thing that will make most purists cringe: these aftermarket wheels made by BBS. This design, known as the “Bugatti,” made waves in the early 90s by appearing on the EB110 supercar. It also went into mass production status as the standard wheel on the third-generation VW Jetta in VR6 form. Regardless, it’s a total period-correct choice and I dig it; it’s a shame the seller doesn’t have the original wheels in hand to put the OEM-spec crowd at ease. Do you think the production number will sway bidders?

Comments

  1. Avatar photo Pat P.

    All roofs were black on these.

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    • Avatar photo BIREN K BOSE

      When was Timing belt replaced last along with seals and water pump done concurrently. Roof, A pillars, C pillars were always black in the original cars (1990-94). What records of maintenance are included? Those wheels are ugly and don’t complement the car. How many miles? A close up in person inspection of the paint and a test drive is highly recommended. GLWTS

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  2. Avatar photo Jay E. Member

    The reds on the different panels ( hood and bumper) don’t seem the same in the photos. Plus no black roof seems odd.. These early models went through tires like crazy, I believe due to a toe in requirement that later models didn’t have. Fun car, a lot of money.

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  3. Avatar photo Mister Green

    Too much.

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  4. Avatar photo BimmerDude Member

    First one sold in the USA? My Merkur purchase in 1985 was the first, or one of the first batch hand-built but I didn’t think to include its provenance in my seller’s description. I must have missed a boatload of upsell.

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  5. Avatar photo chrlsful

    model the Japanese enthusiasts snap up, no?

    Anything on provenance is not of interest to me
    (feel like sayin “Its the car dummy” but have learned
    not so – no matter the item. So) this could geta lift. Aunt
    antique-er proved it to me over’n over (thanks Ginny! RIP).

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