1991 Acura NSX: Collectible, Schmellectible
February 16, 2012
In another post the question of the NSX's collectibility came up. I'm certainly no collector-car savant, but I question whether any NSX will really be truly collectible. Okay, maybe the NSX-R. Now, go find one stateside.
I say this not because the NSX isn't terrific and historic and relevant and special. It is all of those things.
Rather, the NSX suffers the same situation faced by every other great Japanese car -- its Japanese-ness. With very few exceptions, for right or wrong, Japanese cars do not appreciate in value over time. Excepting your Toyota 2000GTs and the recent stupidity with MkIV Supra Turbos, Japanese sports cars simply don't experience the increased valuation enjoyed by their European contemporaries. Call it snobbery or short-sightedness, whatever -- that's the situation.
Personally, I find the business of cars as investments -- and the forecasting thereof -- odd. Accept the fact that cars are depreciating assets and move on. Buy the cars you want to drive, damn the financials. Find the NSX or 911 or Ferrari or Chevrolet or Daihatsu you like, buy it and drive the piss out of it. It's better to regret something you did than something you didn't do.
Besides, you only live once, and you can't take the money with you.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 51,614 miles.