Looking at the used Integra Type R market, that’s not a hefty price, trust us

If you could get into the possession of a ’90s Japanese sports car without paying a dime, what would it be? For some, the poison would be the Acura Integra Type R because 1) the car’s an icon and a blast to drive and 2) used Integra Type Rs cost an arm and a leg these days.

The Acura Integra Type R aged like an exquisite French wine

A couple of years ago, Integra nuts would shell out anywhere between $30,000 to $40,000 as Hagerty points out for a Type R version. These days, those willing to get their hands on a low-milage Acura Integra Type R will need to pay double the price of yesteryear. And that is solid proof on just how much today’s gearheads are longing for the ‘90s.

This 1997 Acura Integra Type R Review Will Have You Willing to Pay $60,000 for One
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Heck, according to Regular Car Reviews, you’ll find people lurking Bring a Trailer willing to pay the better part of $20,000 for an Acura Integra Type R that has burned seats, peeled off dashboards, and all sorts of time-related flaws and defects. A pristine model, however, like the 1997 Integra Type R you’re about to meet, well, that slots into the price ranges we enunciated above.

So, why is the Acura Integra Type R so sought after?

This 1997 Acura Integra Type R Review Will Have You Willing to Pay $60,000 for One
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Well, as with any perfect storm, it’s all about a combination of factors, most of them of mechanical ilk. Acura’s skilled tuners extracted almost 200 horsepower from a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder VTEC engine that redlined at 8,500 rpm. Other bits and bobs were thrown in for good measure, including an oil cooler, a limited-slip differential, bigger brakes, and a toughened-up suspension.

Aerodynamics were a priority, too. For the Integra Type R, Acura/Honda cut the lift coefficient by 30 percent thanks to a new chin spoiler and a rear wing.

This 1997 Acura Integra Type R Review Will Have You Willing to Pay $60,000 for One
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Car and Driver reported in its March 1997 issue that the front-wheel-driven sports car would sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds and clear the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds at 93 mph. It also goes without saying that the Acura Integra Type R was a driver’s delight, one than when new, came with a $24,000 list price.

Did we get you drooling? Wait until you watch the video.

Source: Regular Car Reviews on YouTube

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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