MARKETWATCH: Integra Type R sold for $58,000

What if I told in you in 1997 that you could buy an Acura Integra Type R, store it in a garage for 21 years, and put only 1,191 miles on it during that time, and make about $34,000 in profit? Would that be worth it to you? Because at a Barrett-Jackson auction this week, that’s exactly what happened.

Here’s a live feed of that video. The bidding ended at $58,000, but once you add in the auction house fees, it’s more like $63,800. Is this insanity or a harbinger of things to come?

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12 Responses to MARKETWATCH: Integra Type R sold for $58,000

  1. BlitzPig said:

    It’s insanity.

    That is NSX money.

  2. BlitzPig said:

    Well, I guess there is more than one crazy person out there.

    You need to remember that auction prices do not reflect what cars are selling for in the real world.

  3. Michael said:

    Did I catch the announcer say “200hp, TURBO-CHARGED 4” at approx. 30-40secs in on the video……………..?

    Guess these guys are more used to dealing in Muscle Cars (no harm, no foul I suppose).

    • Edward Clark said:

      Steve Maganate is the TV announcer. He writes articles for Hot Rod magazine. ” It’s front wheel drive which makes hard to get traction first 100 feet”-Clearly Steve does not know that ITR has Limited slip differential. lol

  4. Jayrdee said:

    “Whoever spends that kind of money on a Honda is dumb”
    “Why buy an Integra when you can get a Supra or NSX?”
    “I can think of so many better cars to buy with that money”

    … yeah, I’m sure the seller doesn’t really care Lol.

  5. Ren Höek said:

    The car market is always a touch volatile and ALWAYS dependent on broader economics.
    If the economy tanks, don’t expect to see a repeat performance for a while (**cough, cough…trade war**). Not to mention, that car was a freakishly low-mileage, unicorn.

    Also, anticipate the USDM model prices plateauing once the JDM Type Rs are (25 year) legal here. At that point, the JDM cars will set the bar in regards to pricing.

  6. Mike in Long Beach said:

    Based on recent results on BringATrailer for nice ITRs, this price doesn’t really surprise me and is probably roughly in line with where the market is on these. But the super low mileage is the key.

    So, if you put $24,000 on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1978 (which you can do these days with an index fund) you would now have over $70,000 , or $46,000 in profit. So even a low mileage future collectible probably isn’t the best of investments. Buy a JNC because you love it, not as an investment.

  7. r100guy said:

    ……..and there’s the 1983 Toyota pickup 4×4 which sold for $50,000…….

  8. I believe this is more of a harbinger of things to come. Remember 30 years ago this was happening with muscle cars, people said a convertible 4 on the floor plum crazy purple hemi cuda wouldn’t ever be a 6 figure car and that sort of thing exists.

    The difference being that Japanese cars seem to bridge a gap that muscle cars never really could and they have mass appeal outside of America.

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