Lot 275 - 1992 Honda NSX
|Odometer reading||106,000 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £12,500|
|Result||Sold - £14,025|
The Honda NSX was produced between 1990 and 2005 and is equipped with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, powered by an all-aluminium V6 engine featuring Honda's Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system. In 1984 Honda commissioned the Italian car designer Pininfarina to design the HPX (Honda Pininfarina Xperimental), which had a mid-mounted 2.0 litre V6 configuration. After Honda decided to pursue the project, the management informed the engineers that the new car would have to be as good as anything coming from both Italy and Germany. The HPX concept car evolved into the NSX (New Sportscar eXperimental). The original performance target for the NSX was the Ferrari 328; subsequently revised to the 348 as the design neared completion. Honda intended the NSX to meet or exceed the performance of the Ferrari, while offering targeted reliability at a lower price. For this reason, the 2.0 litre V6 of the HPX was abandoned and replaced with a more powerful 3.0 litre VTEC V6 engine. The bodywork design had been specifically researched after studying the 360 degree visibility inside an F-16 fighter jet. The NSX was designed to showcase several Honda automotive technologies, many derived from its highly successful F1 motor-sports program. Upon its release in 1990, the NSX design concept measured a mere 1,170mm in height and showcased Honda's technology. The car boasted the world's first production car engine with titanium con-rods, forged pistons, and ultra high-revving capabilities, redlining at a lofty 8,000rpm. The car's strong chassis rigidity and handling capabilities were the results of Ayrton Senna's input with NSX's chief engineers while testing the NSX prototype car at Honda's Suzuka Circuit during the development stages. The cars were assembled by approximately 200 of Honda's highest-skilled and most experienced personnel; a team of hand-picked staff with a minimum of ten years assembly experience employed from various other Honda facilities to run the NSX operation. Today the NSX is still considered by owners of the marque as one of the most reliable exotic cars ever manufactured with many examples comfortably exceeding 100,000 miles without serious reliability issues.
This Honda NSX is in excellent condition and is described by the current vendor as being a delight to drive. Finished in red with a contrasting black leather trim, such a classic colour combination enhances the well sculptured, flowing design. Supplied with a V5 document and a current MoT test certificate, this automatic NSX comes with a good degree of service history; fine examples are now highly collectable and a sound investment. For a vehicle that has just celebrated its 20th birthday, this is still very much a modern supercar classic and rightly sought after.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.