PH buying guide: Honda NSX
Honda's finally committed to a new NSX but we still rather like the old one - here's how to score a good'n
Definitely not up for debate is the thorough engineering of the NSX. Honda had been developing the car since 1984 and was determined to make it as usable as possible. To this end, its cabin had a large glass area, it was easy to get in and out of, and the 3.0-litre V6 engine was as docile in traffic as it was powerful on the open road. Though with 274hp quoted as the official power output the NSX was not the most potent car in its class, even by 1990 standards.
This aside the only real disappointment with the NSX at launch was the interior. Honda had made it a shade too user-friendly and borrowed switchgear from its contemporary mainstream models. The upside to this is it's very reliable and soundly put together, so even early NSXs can still be used everyday without worry.
The automatic transmission NSX stuck with the 3.0-litre engine till production ended in 2005.
A facelift in 2002 introduced the NA2 with fixed headlights to replace the pop-up originals, while a Type R version was offered in Japan but not the rest of the world. This NSX-R had 280hp and weighed 1,270kg thanks to carbon fibre for some body panels and the rear wing.
Finding any NSX for sale in the UK takes time and patience, as few are ever on the market at the same time. Owners tend to keep their cars for long periods, which has shored up used values. Even an early, high miles NSX will make £10,000, while a 3.2-litre manual NA2 with low miles and perfect history will pull in £25,000.