It’s well-known that Acura Integras
are were among the most popular cars with the tuner, customizer, fast-and-the-furious, pimp-my-ride, whatever you choose to call it crowd. While there aren’t a large number of Integras left on the roads at all anymore, the percentage of these that are in original “stock” condition, without any modifications is even more miniscule.
This 1991 Acura Integra LS 3-door liftback coupe appears to be one of the few outliers. With only 5,891 miles on the ticker, it very well be the most original Acura Integra left out there. Either this car was senior-owned its whole life, or its owner bought it and bubble-wrapped it in 1991 with the intention of making it a time capsule.
A 1991 car with less than 6,000 miles sounds way too good to be true for most cars, let alone an Integra. But a quick glance at its interior reveals an unscathed and unblemished cabin that looks like it just left the factory. Its plush-looking cloth seats and door panels show no signs of wear or fade, nor do any of its interior plastics.
This mid-level LS trim Integra was ordered fairly well-equipped for 1991 standards, with power windows with driver’s one-touch operation, power locks, power moonroof, power mirrors, cassette player, and air conditioning. Could its 4-speed automatic have possibly contributed to its longevity?
Under the hood is a 1.8L inline-4 making 140 horsepower. With numerous hoses and wires, opening the hood of a Honda product from this period can often reveal a visual nightmare. Like the rest of this car, its engine bay looks remarkable clean and inviting.
Shades of green and aqua were very popular in the 1990s. While this Integra’s “Jasper Green Metallic” paint may not be the most attractive hue (I prefer to call it “Minty Fresh Toothpaste”), it’s undeniably more fun and exciting than the grays and silvers of today.
An cool note about this car, is that it was actually sold at the same Acura dealer I bought my TSX from. Claire Acura on Route 1 in Walpole, MA was part of the Claire Family dealer network, which was absorbed into the Prime Motor Group in the mid-2000s. The name may have changed to Prime Acura, but the dealer is largely the same.
Not that it isn’t evident from the mileage, but this Integra hasn’t travel far during its lifetime. It’s for sale only about 45 minutes away in Warwick, RI. Coincidentally, another Acura dealer is located in Warwick.
It’s thoroughly refreshing and unexpected to see an Integra in such unmolested, preserved state. Although it wouldn’t be me first choice in vintage Acura to buy (I still have my heart set on a second generation Legend), if I had $5,000 lying around, I’d certainly be tempted to bite. I think I speak for us all when I say that I hope whoever buys this Integra keeps it in this condition.