1997 Honda Integra Type R fetches a huge sum
Those with a penchant for ‘future classics’ might want to see this. At the same time, all you Honda haters? Look away now, for a mint condition USDM Integra Type R has fetched nearly $100k.
The Integra, identifiable as an American by its quartet of headlights, Acura badging and left-hand-drive status, surprised many when it ended up selling for $US63,800 ($NZ96,369), including auctioneers fees. Barrett Jackson, which sold the car, normally specialises in classic American muscle. They later claimed the sale was a world record.
Honda designed the Inte’ Type R to be the ‘achievable’ performance car, after the NSX and before the Civic got the treatment. That meant sporty suspension, snug racing seats, a slick manual gearbox, and the awesome B18C engine.
In the JDM Type R this engine produced 150kW, whereas in the US models it made slightly fewer kilowatts (145kW) and 176Nm of torque. JDM cars and those sold in other international markets came with an 11:1 compression ratio whereas the US Integra Type R had a compression ratio of 10.6:1.
VTEC was also included, helping achieve a screaming redline of 8500rpm and, despite being a front-driver, the Integra Type R was regarded as one of the best handling cars of its time. A seam-welded, FIA-homologated chassis probably contributed.
Despite the big sale price of this example, don’t expect prices on Trademe to leap overnight. This one has just 1191 miles on the clock, while the lowest DC2 for sale here is nudging 90,000km. Might pay to keep an eye on things, though...