1991 Acura NSX: Hey, It's a Honda
March 01, 2012
Took the NSX around to American Hondas informal museum in Torrance last night for a function honoring our friend Kurt Antonius. It was a cool thing to do since he helped determine the strategy for introducing the model back in 1990.
There we ran into Tom Elliott, former executive vice-president of American Honda, who said he had bought his own NSX. Then we saw John Mendel, current executive vice-president of American Honda, in the parking lot. He said he was still looking for an NSX to buy, and as he looked over our car appreciatively, he said that if wed just park it in front of the museum and leave the keys in it, he might be able to solve his NSX acquisition problem this very night.
Even before we could get into the museum, Honda press vehicle supremo Brad Long came out to look over our car, and then he told us an interesting story about the NSXs in the American Honda collection.
Turns out that theres two of them, a 93 thats red with a black top (all the first series cars have black tops), and an all-red 2005 model (red is American Hondas traditional racing color, which it first adopted for its motocross bikes).
Theres some promotional work underway for the forthcoming new NSX, so Long says they wanted to get the 1993 NSX out of the museum and drive it to a photo location. Trouble was, the car hadnt moved from its spot on the museum floor in about five years, so far as Long knew. Hadnt been started, battery about dead, nothing done to stabilize the fuel nothing. The Honda guys were in a fret.
Finally Acuras Gary Robinson decided what the heck lets just try to start the car. Long installed a new battery (not the work of a moment because of the tight packaging), then Robinson climbed in and turned the key.
Long says the car cranked for about 10 seconds, came to life, clattered like someone was shaking a drawer full of spoons as the oil pressure came up, and then just idled as if it had never been asleep.
Later as I walked over to see the NSXs in the collection, I looked across at the replica of the showroom at 4077 Pico Boulevard in West L.A. that had been Hondas first outpost in America in 1959, which is complete with a Honda 50 step-through scooter and a Honda 600 car. And I thought that we shouldnt have been surprised that the 93 NSX came alive again with so little drama.
Hey, its a Honda. Its supposed to run. Thats what Hondas do.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 52,224 miles