The first generation Honda NSX, or Acura NSX as it was known in the US, was never the most popular performance car of its time, but it was more influential than many people realize. McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray took a lot of inspiration from the NSX, he said in an interview that the moment he drove the Honda, all other benchmark cars “disappeared [his] Mind.” The F1’s ride quality and handling were therefore compared to the NSX, a strategy that undoubtedly helped McLaren earn a reputation as one of the best driver’s cars of all time.
The NSX was too a technological triumph, with state-of-the-art features including an all-aluminum monocoque chassis, titanium connecting rods and forged pistons. Its high asking price limited its general appeal, but it was still relatively commercially successful over 18,000 units sold worldwide. The NSX’s low resale price on the used market once made it a performance bargain, but prices rose quickly in the second half of the 2010s and have remained high to this day. In fact, Bloomberg reports that between 2013 and 2018, the value of the NSX increased so rapidly that it outperformed the Dow Jones stock market index.