Supercars On A $50,000 Budget: The Japanese Classic Admired By All

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The new one may be good, but this will always be better.

Time isn't very kind to supercars and high-performance vehicles. Designs that looked incredible five years ago become dated and performance that was once blistering makes modern commuter cars look like sports cars. While all of this reigns true for the majority of cars, none of this can be said about the original Acura NSX. The new NSX is out and some reviewers are calling the hybrid-powered supercar pretty good (some aren't), but it can’t hold a candle to the original and this specific example is a bargain.

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When the NSX came out in 1990, the supercar revealed that Honda could do performance. It not only pushed the envelope for performance, but also for affordability, usability and versatility. It was arguably the first supercar that could be used everyday and on a budget, which is something that can’t be said about modern supercars. Prices for well-kept examples have skyrocketed, but this example with 118,000 miles on it will only set you back by $38,994. That’s a bargain if you ask us. While some may look at this high-mileage model as something to pass over, there’s a lot to like. Starting with the fact that this stock example still retains the incredible 3.0-liter V6 engine that puts out 270 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque.

Some owners have decided to slap forced induction kits onto the engine, but this high-revving, naturally aspirated engine is better off on its own. With its 8,000-rpm redline, this classic supercar begs to be pushed harder and will reward the driver for doing so. Even by today’s standards, the original NSX’s engine is still a masterpiece. Unlike the new NSX, the 1992 model weighed in at just 3,000 lbs., which makes it a joy in the corners, too. Thanks to its lightweight aluminum construction and high-revving engine, the NSX can get to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, which is still quick today.

The majority of automotive outlets praised the NSX for being one of the best sports cars ever built and that remains the case. Unlike other supercars, the original NSX doesn’t have a lot of weak spots and can easily manage high miles. While 118k miles may seem like a lot, the last thing you want to do is get into a car this good that has to sit in the garage. Prices for the classic supercar will only appreciate even more and low-mileage examples will rarely see the road. With a car this good, that’s not right. At just under $40,000, there’s not a lot to complain about with this supercar. So, what’s the catch? This car is located in Vancouver, BC. Still, there’s no way shipping will come out to $10,000 for an interested buyer in the US.

The seller claims that the supercar has received a lot of maintenance recently which includes clutch and flywheel, exhaust, ignition switch, timing belt, and more. Checking to make sure that all of the records are accounted for and that there’s no rust to be found, this NSX may just be the bargain of the year. Buy this, change the hideous rims and enjoy the heck out of it. Since it already has a lot of miles on it, there’s no need to baby this thing. And trust us, you won’t want to after one spin. Newer models tend to be better than the originals, but this is one case where that’s just not true.

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