£50k Integra Type R!


In the annals of fast car history, the original Honda Integra Type R will be very fondly remembered. Frequently lauded as perhaps the greatest front-wheel drive car ever made, it combined a razor sharp chassis with a stunning powertrain and communicative, incisive controls. Oh sure, it was hardly the prettiest coupe, but 10 minutes behind the wheel could convince any doubter.

As such, prices have started to rise recently; where once upon a time £4k bought a good car, that's now the entry point. For genuine low mileage examples nearer £10k is needed. However, all that's been blown out of the water by an American Integra, which has just sold at auction for $63,800. At today's exchange rate, that's £48,889. Or near enough £50k. For an Integra Type R...


Now, of course, that sort of money buys a totally immaculate Integra. This Championship White car is number 37 of the 320 imported to the States in 1997 and, having been with its original owner for more than two decades, has covered just 1,191 miles. Everything from the day it was bought is present - an unopened spare key set, tyre pressure gauge and torch, bill of sale - making this Integra perhaps the most appealing to collectors that there's ever been.

Saving a car that's as sensational to drive as it is dorky and unfashionable to collect does seem rather bizarre, but if that's what people want to do then so be it. Will the current owner ever be able to achieve such an incredible sum for the car in future? Would they ever want to, more pertinently, given this sort of example must be unrepeatable? Whatever the case, it's clear the Integra is becoming as desirable to the wider world of classic cars as it is to us VTEC aficionados - see here for further temptation...




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  • Gecko1978 01 Oct 2018

    WTF its a good car but it's been surpassed by others made by Honda. So unless your desperate to have a 1990s fwd car then I suggest the current civic does all you want for less.

  • designforlife 01 Oct 2018

    Mental considering the JDM DC2 type R will be legal to import to the US in two years, I can't help but feel that will pull the value of USDM acura integra Type R's down.


  • cb1965 01 Oct 2018

    Gecko1978 said:
    WTF its a good car but it's been surpassed by others made by Honda. So unless your desperate to have a 1990s fwd car then I suggest the current civic does all you want for less.
    Have you ever driven one of these? I owned one for many years, by far and away the best out of the box handling car I have ever owned.

  • Krikkit 01 Oct 2018

    cb1965 said:
    Gecko1978 said:
    WTF its a good car but it's been surpassed by others made by Honda. So unless your desperate to have a 1990s fwd car then I suggest the current civic does all you want for less.
    Have you ever driven one of these? I owned one for many years, by far and away the best out of the box handling car I have ever owned.
    It's also got the advantage of having lots of little touches over a standard Integra. Imho they're pretty much the most special Honda outside the NSX.

  • J4CKO 01 Oct 2018

    I sometimes watch Barrett Jackson on TV and it amazes me how much money changes hands, some very, very wealthy folk in the audience.

    I need to stop being surprised at what cars are advertised and/or sell for.


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