Japanese manufacturers assaulted the US market with a bevy of transverse mounted front wheel drive cars that created a packaging architecture that was far superior from something like a Citroën or Audi — where the entire engine sits longitudinally in from of the front wheels. Imagine the surprise when Acura started selling a longitudinally mounted […]
It always surprises me when people end up liquidating assets in the middle of a bubble. There was a neighbor of mine who had a house foreclosed on him when the market was appreciating at 20% year over year gains and I can’t imagine how the seller of this next NSX came to the conclusion […]
In 1987 Honda released the first generation Legend as the top of the line for their newly launched Acura division in North America. The Legend was also sold as the Rover 800-series in part of a collaboration between Honda and the Austin Rover Group, but the Rover badged variant always scared me due to the […]
With the prices of new cars at an all time high (ugg, thanks loose credit and silly shoppers), and the prices of used classics also at an all-time-high (thanks to big tent auctions and auction websites that hike the prices of classics with hype and hyperbole) it is refreshing to find a totally useable mid-90s classic offered for a totally doable price. No, it is not perfect, yes it has lots of miles, and a salvage title (from a theft event, these things were a hot commodity in 1999)…but for the price, it ain’t bad. Find this 1996 Acura Integra GSR offered for $4900 in Burlingame, CA via craigslist.
After mentioning in the last post that a late model TSX was probably a better car versus a 90s Ford Taurus SHO in every possible measure except style…I decided to put my mouse where my mouth was (does that expression work…or keyboard where my mouse was…I dunno…I’m gonna work on that one) and feature a late model TSX. Here ya go, better than the SHO in acceleration, speed, braking, turning, reliability, and usability. Find this 2005 Acura TSX offered for $5000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.
Honda might not have produced the world’s first front-wheel-drive car (that is arguably the 1989 Victoria Combination by Société Parisienne) or even the most successful front-wheel-drive seller (that’d be the Toyota Camry) or the fastest front-wheel-drive racecar (that’d be the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo) but they did build the best front drive sport compact sedans of the 1990s starting with the surprisingly fast Honda Predule, followed by the Acura Integra, then the RSX, and finally what you see here…which is a 6-speed manual equipped Acura TL. Find this 2005 Acura TL offered for $5,490 in Winnetka, CA via craigslist.
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.
People make all sorts of unsubstantiated claims on craigslist — this is the fastest Tiburon in Cincinnati, or if it doesn’t sell I’m going to melt down into its basic elements and recycle it on the intergalactic mineral exchange…and this next seller claims his car is “the cleanest Acura on Craigslist”…which it very well might. At least, it might be the cleanest 90s Acura on craigslist with a manual gearbox and a color that isn’t from a kitchen appliance, because most 90s Acuras went from being a proud yuppy’s daily driver to hot boxed by their ne’er-do-well children who haven’t done maintenance since the odometer hit 200k miles. But today’s 1st generation Acura CL (1997-1999) looks as nice as it did back in the 90s…and I think I’m in love. Find this 1997 Acura CL 2.2 offered for $3,900 in Novato, CA via craigslist.
I am loath to post anything from the Faceplace Marketbach, but now that craigslist charges a small fee ($5 at printing time) it seems that many cheap sellers have migrated to Zucks world. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a Luddite when it comes to social media and all things Web 2.0, but […]
Sterling owners will tell you with a wide smile that they’ve got an Acura Legend with a cool badge, but what they won’t mention is the Rover connection. Because, from 1987 through 1991 ARCONA (Austin Rover Cars Of North America) imported a rebadged version of the Rover 800 series as the Sterling 825/827 for the […]