Is this the start of a new collector's trend?
Acura is working hard to return to its roots as both a luxury and a driver-focused brand. Unfortunately, it kind of lost its way for too many years but given the arrival of the second-generation NSX and recently revealed concepts, specifically the stunning Type S Concept shown at Pebble Beach last August, the Japanese brand is getting things back on track. And one of its greatest creations, the Integra, still has a loyal following today. The Integra is considered to be one of the best front-wheel-drive cars of all time, reaching its peak in the mid-1990s.
Known as the Honda Integra overseas, in 1995 the Integra Type R was launched for the Japanese market and was later sold in very limited numbers in the US. In 1997, only 320 examples were offered in America and, as you can imagine, all sold rapidly. People knew what they were getting and one of those buyers figured it was a worthwhile investment. He figured right.
This 1997 Acura Integra Type R just sold on Bring A Trailer for $82,000. Just think what else could have been purchased with that kind of money. Porsche 911, Porsche 718 Cayman, Chevrolet Corvette Z06… the list goes on.
This particular example was purchased new by the seller in St. Louis, Missouri and is finished in Championship White (the only color offered) over a black fabric interior. Mileage? Only 6,000 miles. Its 1.8-liter VTEC inline-four has barely been broken in. Paired to a close-ratio five-speed manual, the seller recently did some maintenance prior to the sale, such as a new timing belt, tensioner, and a water pump. Its tires, however, date back to 2004 but have only 1,000 miles of use. The new owner should probably replace those.
The sale also included the car's original window sticker, all maintenance records, factory manuals, and a clean Missouri title. Aside from some minor rear bumper scratches, this gem has remained accident-free. But $82,000? Is this really worth it? Apparently so. The collector's car market is never easy to predict, but given the limited number of '97 Integra Type Rs brought to the US, its famed status as a FWD fun machine, and its Honda VTEC engine, don't be surprised to see similar low mileage examples sell for high dollars in the next year or so.