The Acura Integra was introduced in 1986 as one of two models available at Honda’s newly unveiled Acura luxury dealerships, an attempt by the Japanese economy car builder to reach a new demographic. The Integra was actually very inexpensive for the time and offered all sorts of luxury features typically reserved for more expensive automobiles for a fair price. In the ensuing years the Integra spawned a bit of a boy-racer image and was eventually replaced by the RSX/TSX, but no one will deny the reliability and basic performance was a great bargain. Find this 1988 Acura Integra LS hatchback for sale in Philadelphia, PA currently bidding on ebay for $3,001 with 2 days to go.
With any luck this is a recent import to the Keystone State, as Pennsyvania uses salt during the winter months to keep their roads useable. It has been said that the only winter environment harder on your equipment is the inside of a Wampa cave on planet Hoth.
One of the secret’s to Honda’s success has been putting as much effort, energy and enthusiasm into their engines as GM puts into its marketing group. The D16A1 was a 1.6 liter dual-over-head-cam all-alloy 4-banger that puts out 113 horsepower and 99 ft-lbs of torque. The transverse mounted little engine is features torque-a-plenty at low rpm and is buttery smooth for an inline-4.
A quick peek inside this minty clean example reveals the much hated and despised automatic transmission, but there are plenty of people with spikey hair all over the interwebs that will sell you all sorts of overnight parts from Japan and straight-dope JDM 5-speeds….fo realz.
There was a certain image that came with modified Integras back in the day, but times change and now those folks are a little older, wiser– they are programmers and bankers instead of pimply faced teenagers. The point is that you can drop a 5-spd and turbo into this Integra and not be ostracized as long as you keep the exterior stock looking. That is what I’d do.
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