Tuesday, October 22, 2013

5k: Classic Luxury: 1988 Acura Integra LS, Minty Clean

The Acura Integra was introduced in 1986 as one of two models available at Honda's newly unveiled Acura luxury dealerships, an attempt by the Japanese economy car builder to reach a new demographic.  The Integra was actually very inexpensive for the time and offered all sorts of luxury features typically reserved for more expensive automobiles for a fair price.  In the ensuing years the Integra spawned a bit of a boy-racer image and was eventually replaced by the RSX/TSX, but no one will deny the reliability and basic performance was a great bargain.  Find this 1988 Acura Integra LS hatchback for sale in Philadelphia, PA currently bidding on ebay for $3,001 with 2 days to go.



With any luck this is a recent import to the Keystone State, as Pennsyvania uses salt during the winter months to keep their roads useable.  It has been said that the only winter environment harder on your equipment is the inside of a Wampa cave on planet Hoth. 



One of the secret's to Honda's success has been putting as much effort, energy and enthusiasm into their engines as GM puts into its marketing group.  The D16A1 was a 1.6 liter dual-over-head-cam all-alloy 4-banger that puts out 113 horsepower and 99 ft-lbs of torque.  The transverse mounted little engine is features torque-a-plenty at low rpm and is buttery smooth for an inline-4. 


A quick peek inside this minty clean example reveals the much hated and despised automatic transmission, but there are plenty of people with spikey hair all over the interwebs that will sell you all sorts of overnight parts from Japan and straight-dope JDM 5-speeds....fo realz.


There was a certain image that came with modified Integras back in the day, but times change and now those folks are a little older, wiser-- they are programmers and bankers instead of pimply faced teenagers.  The point is that you can drop a 5-spd and turbo into this Integra and not be ostracized as long as you keep the exterior stock looking.  That is what I'd do.

See a better stock, clean Integra for less? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com

12 comments:

  1. BaT did this one 18 OCT. Usually you guys scoop them on things like this. What happened?

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    1. Just gonna leave this here.

      https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/2956624128/hE86EF91E/

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    2. Yes, well played and all that, but seriously, both this and the following notch back Mustang were on BaT days ago. They're a better fit on DT, but BaT seems to be pursuing a quantity over quality strategy recently. Aren't there enough interesting listings out there for everybody?

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    3. Sorry - hadn't noticed that either were on BaT - honestly, the two sentence listings with zero opinion or analysis are lacking and you need to dig into the comments to find any real critical thinking, but I probably don't need to point that out.... It wasn't the case a few years ago - just take a look at some of the older posts on archive.org, well written, in-depth, poignant :
      http://web.archive.org/web/20090331035138/http://bringatrailer.com/2008/06/03/black-plate-bargain-1960-ford-galaxie-boxtop#more-867
      But time marches on. If we (myself and my co-bloggers, board of directors, board of tippers) post a car on DT we always credit the person or website that located it for us (be it a tipper, jalopnik, autoblog, BaT, barnfinds, whatever) and if we post a car that has recently been listed by a top tier site (we are still in the fringes of the interwebs!) and we don't reference that site we either haven't noticed it or we spent hours writing up the copy before seeing it appear in big letters the other site. I have canceled postings after seeing them on Jalopnik NPOCP/BaT/Barnfinds/Autoblog etc, but then the effort put into writing goes down the drain. So, while I appreciate that it is annoying when we feature the same vehicles as some of the big boys, at least you can rest assured that DT will continue to be critical, in-depth, funny, geeky and caustic. We try to avoid the fancy-pants pretty original cars on ebay (because they get bidded to the stratosphere) and try to find unique, well priced and interesting cars to feature - and avoid becoming another clearing-house for the "best of ebay."

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    4. "...rest assured that DT will continue to be critical, in-depth, funny, geeky and caustic. We try to avoid the fancy-pants pretty original cars on ebay (because they get bidded to the stratosphere) and try to find unique, well priced and interesting cars to feature - and avoid becoming another clearing-house for the 'best of ebay.'"
      I think you're due for a manifesto. Somewhere between the length of a post and a novel.

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  2. "So, while I appreciate that it is annoying when we feature the same vehicles as some of the big boys, at least you can rest assured that DT will continue to be critical, in-depth, funny, geeky and caustic. "

    This!

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  3. I've stopped reading BaT, for what it's worth. Long live the fringe! Although I assume that DT will eventually reach BaT's readership and we'll be looking back on these posts like we look back on BaT circa 2008.

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  4. Sorry to get all up on my soap box, DT. It's one of those pet peeves. There's a bunch of wonderfully different sites with very different focus, content and style. Some crossover is inevitable, of course, but it's a big automotive world and there is crazy awesome automotive variety to be highlighted. So when we see more and more of the same cars highlighted on multiple sites, I start asking the question...

    By the way, I agree, the insight and knowledge to be gained seems to declining on BaT as the number of featured cars daily is increasing (they've been running 9-10/day recently). I prefer a return to quality over quantity.

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