The early days of the Acura brand were characterized by a “Precision Crafted Performance” slogan and a strong emphasis on fun-to-drive dynamics. One car fit the mold perfectly.
The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1991 Acura Integra GS hatchback listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Bend, Oregon. (Click the link to view the description)
Showing just 27,301 miles on the odometer, this top-trim Integra has miraculously survived for over three decades without becoming a victim to the tuner movement and ending up decked out with a lowered suspension, custom wheels, and a modified exhaust system.
Details in the listing are sparse but they highlight a few key selling points. “All stock. One owner. No pets. Non-smoker,” are a few of the phrases used to describe this compact hatchback.
The original Integra got its start when the Acura Division was created in 1986 as a luxury-focused arm of American Honda Motor Company. The showroom lineup was small at the time, consisting of three-door and five-door Integra sport sedans, and the four-door Legend flagship. When the second-generation ‘Teg debuted five years later, it received a completely new body with rounder lines and fixed headlights in place of the previous pop-ups. But the real magic happened under the hood.
Power for the new generation cam from a high-revving 1.8-liter dual-overhead-camshaft inline-four which produced 130 horsepower, and in this case, was sent to the front wheels via a four-speed automatic transaxle with a ‘sport shift ‘ feature. An available five-speed automatic was the alternative.
It’s unclear how this Integra survived unscathed all these years, but its Saxony Blue Metallic looks to be in great shape thanks to a moderate Pacific Northwest climate, and the interior boasts its original AM/FM cassette as well as those famous (and so period- correct 1990s) automatic seat belts.
The collector marketplace for the Integra has picked up speed in recent years, especially for well-kept sport-oriented trim levels like the GS-R and the Type R. Even Acura itself has brought the Integra name to the forefront of recognition since its recent reintroduction of the nameplate: The 2023 Integra went on sale in early June, marking a comeback for the model which had been retired since 2001.
The seller is asking $18,700 for this low-mileage original, which incidentally is almost exactly the price this Integra sold for new. Maybe this is the closest you’ll get to finding a new 1991 Integra over 30 years later. And the 2023 model doesn’t even have motorized seat belts.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.