The Acura Legend wasn’t a car that pushed the boundaries of technology, speed, style or anything…but it did ease into the next boundary with a whimsical smile on its face. It also didn’t make much of a splash when it was launched, but I can guarantee that engineers at BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi freaked out when they discovered the fit-finish-and-finesse of Acura’s luxury sport coupe/sedan entry into what was exclusively a German marketplace. The world of luxury cars has not been the same since. The asking price on this next example is eye watering…but just look at the condition…it’s cleaner than a freshly sanitized shopping cart handle. Find this 1991 Acura Legend 3.2 L with 5-speed offered for $14,500 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
From the seller:
1991 Acura Legend
title status: clean
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DESCRIPTIONWest Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptional find of an original southern California 1991 Acura Legend L 3.2L V6 2 Door Hardtop Coupe with only 64K original miles and with a desirable 5 speed manual transmission and always primarily serviced at the Acura dealership of Cerritos, CA and still boasting its original ‘Golden Glow Pearl’ color paint and Tan leather interior!
The Acura Legend was a mid-size luxury/executive car manufactured by Honda. It was sold in the U.S., Canada, and parts of China under Honda’s luxury brand, Acura, from 1985 to 1995, as both a sedan, which was classified as a full-size car, and a coupe, which was classified as a mid-size car (similar to how the Honda Accord is set up today). It was the first flagship sedan sold under the Acura nameplate, until being renamed in 1996 as the Acura 3.5RL. The 3.5RL was the North American version of the KA9 series Honda Legend. The Legend won ‘Car and Driver’s’ Ten Best three years in a row and Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year for 1987. Manual-equipped models had impressive acceleration from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in under 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h).
The opportunity for Japanese manufacturers to export more expensive models had arisen with the 1980s voluntary export restraints, negotiated by the Japanese government and U.S. trade representatives, restricting mainstream car sales. The initial success of the Legend and Honda’s Acura division in competing against established European and American luxury manufacturers would lead to Toyota and Nissan creating the Lexus and Infiniti brands, respectively, to compete in the luxury car market.
The second and final generation Legend (1990-95) was a larger and more streamlined-looking car. The design was referred to as a ‘fuselage’ shape, and had rear-wheel drive proportions which were possible thanks to the use of a longitudinally mounted engine; unusual for front-wheel-drive automobiles. The Legend offered a host of features seen on luxury cars of today including dual front driver & passenger airbags, speed-sensitive steering, hands-free telephone, automatic climate control, heated leather seats, heated mirrors, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, seatbelt pretensioners, and electric soft-close doors (coupe only). The rear end appearance of the sedan was adopted from the first generation Legend coupe and Honda also wanted to visually align the appearance of both the Legend coupe and sedan to the Acura NSX. The segment the Legend originally filled was now being served by the Acura Vigor which allowed the Legend to position itself more towards the rear drive Lexus LS and the Infiniti Q45 sedans. Honda decided not to upgrade the size of the engine to a V8 because it would have upstaged the Acura NSX which has a V6 that introduced Honda’s VTEC technology.
The Legend was a very successful vehicle and launched Acura as a separate division, and combined with sales of the Integra, this resulted in Acura remarkably outselling longtime luxury marques BMW and Mercedes-Benz as well as Toyota’s new luxury division Lexus.
This is a very nice example, with an extraordinarily low 64K original miles, quite remarkable for these usually well driven and high mileage cars, owned since new by only two southern California owners, the car has always been primarily serviced at the Acura dealership and obviously always garaged with no accidents and no rust and has a clean CARFAX report and boasts its original spare wheel, jack and tools and owner’s manuals.
The car has very nice original ‘Golden Glow Pearl’ color paint and the car has it’s original factory Tan leather interior which is also in remarkably good condition throughout. The 3.2L V6 engine is extremely strong and powerful and the transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears. Please note that the car’s ABS light is on and we have been unable to source the ABS modular part. There are only some very minor imperfections in the paint and this extremely low mileage and dealer maintained example with the 5 speed manual transmission would make a great daily driving sporty coupe for anyone!
You will look long and hard to finer example with such extraordinarily low original miles and always having been serviced since new primarily only at the Acura dealership anywhere else!
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