If there’s one thing that nearly 20 years of playing Gran Truismo has taught me, it’s an appreciation for Japanese cars. For the first half of my life, I hated them. Largely because I was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, where the Japanese and their well built, affordable cars that got great gas mileage were the enemy. They got the lions share of the blame for closing all of the steel mills, destroying the economy, pissing off my uncles and probably causing the Steelers 15 year Super Bowl drought that began right after they beat the L.A. Rams in 1980.

Future me in the year 2016 understands that nothing lasts forever, except maybe a mid ’80s vintage Civic and I now appreciate at least some of the amazing automobiles that came from the land of the rising sun. Like the Toyota Twin-Turbo Supra, the Nissan Skyline R-34, the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 and this survivor 2001 Acura Integra R that appears to be completely original with only 49K miles. The reason that’s amazing is that I was under the impression that every single one of these cars, considered to be the best handling front-wheel-drive car ever made, were all destroyed by what I like to call “those damn ricer kids.” Just about every Integra I have ever seen has been lowered, stanced, restanced, comes complete with a Maxwell House coffee can for an exhaust pipe and is driven by some kid wearing his hat sideways.

The bidding is CRAZY on this fancy Honda and it’s approaching what you can find a used NSX for! In case you missed the link above, here it is again. 

Erica Habedank | WTOG-CW44/CBS Tampa Bay


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