8. 1991 Acura/Honda NSX
Here’s another mid-engined, rear-wheel drive car in my dream garage, this time from the Japanese automaker Honda. Sold as an Acura in North America, I remember this car because it is one of the few from-scratch supercars built in my lifetime.
Back in 1990, there was no sporting heritage of the NSX’s pedigree to be found, and when the car landed, it was a sight to behold with its slick design and focus on Formula One technology. When it debuted, no one heard of an all-aluminum monocoque chassis in a road-car, or an 8000 rpm redline. Oh and that paint-job? A lengthy, OCD-worthy 23-step process, so even well used examples on the road today shimmer in the sunlight.
It’s also worth mentioning that this was a car that had Ayrton Senna weak at his knees. Senna is said to have helped test the NSX, and even helped convince the automaker to stiffen up the chassis a little bit.
The NSX is so important that it’s coming back to help Honda regain its sporting reputation, and the whole world can’t wait to see how Honda innovates and puts a spectacular nameplate to good use. The old NSX though will be plenty of fun to take around a track and show up the latest hot-shots in the newest cars.