2020 Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction
1991 Honda NSX 'Manual' Coupe
Bids Close: Wednesday 26 August 9.03pm AEST*
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Japan's first modern supercar, the high-tech Honda NSX was introduced in 1989 to a rapturous reception, before going on sale to the public the following year. The NSX was a real lightweight thanks to the extensive use of aluminium, and still assembled by hand in a land where mass production was the norm. Powering the NSX was a real jewel of an engine, a DOHC 90-degree V6 drawing from Honda's long racing heritage. Mounted transversely, the all-alloy unit could rev safely to 8000 rpm - something achieved with titanium rods - but was docile enough to pull cleanly from 1000 rpm, making the NSX a pleasure to drive around town. Inside, the NSX showcased Honda's renowned ergonomics, albeit with higher grade materials and plenty of technology - for example electric seats and climate control were standard - and combined a supremely comfortable driving position with cleverly thought out controls. The cockpit set new benchmarks for supercars and unquestionably caused competitors like Ferrari and Porsche to lift their game. In 2005, after 16 years of production, Honda finally pulled the plug on this first-generation NSX, ending a remarkable chapter in the history of Japanese engineering. The NSX proven remarkably trouble free from a maintenance point of view, its V6 engine being totally reliable and capable of doing big mileage without any issues. Values of the NSX have also held up remarkably well, partly as so few were sold in Australia, and they are, without doubt, now regarded as a sought-after modern classic.