Iconic Hot Hatch: 2000 Acura Integra GSR – SOLD!

by | Mar 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

March 25, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this Integra GS-R “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

March 10, 2021 Update – We’re a bit surprised to find the seller of this Integra GS-R lowering their price rather than having quickly sold it, but it’s now available for $300 less at $6,500.

There’s always a fair amount of chatter about the golden era of Honda/Acura products, and rightfully so: for a time there, Acura built some pretty amazing machines, with their own distinctive personality despite sharing their DNA with many Honda products. This 2000 Acura Integra GS-R originally listed in February 2021 on Craigslist in Greenville, South Carolina remains in largely stock condition with some sensible upgrades and excellent cosmetics, posted with an asking price of $6,800. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide confirms this private seller has priced the Integra right on the money, with “High” retail graded at the same price. I would venture to say given the undercurrent of appreciation for 90s hot hatches, that ask is actually below what the seller could reasonably ask for.

Few companies have normalized epically high red lines like the Honda Motor Company, starting way back when with the highly collectible Honda S800. The modern-day S2000 extended the bloodline in epic form, with a crazed 9,000 RPM redline offered as the standard operating procedure for extracting the maximum performance out of the 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine. Despite all the fanfare for the S2000, the Integra GS-R was clearly the two seater’s most recent predecessor, made all the more legendary with the track-bred Type R, a model that today will give any S2000 a run for its money on the auction block, and usually besting the faster, more modern sibling if miles are low and the condition is stock. Fortunately, the GS-R has remained relatively affordable in comparison, while still offering thoroughly entertaining performance.

While some may not care for Donut Media’s video style, if you can get past that, the host provides a great history of the Acura Integra GS-R:

The GS-R featured a mixture of luxury and performance, which is one department where the Type R made no compromises – you won’t find leather trim on a Type R, but you will find it in a GS-R like this. That’s not such a bad thing, as the GS-R’s performance out of the box was still quite respectable, featuring a 1.8-liter VTEC inline-four that produced 170 horsepower at 7,600 RPM. The B18C1 engine is a tuner’s choice for swapping into lighter-weight chassis, which is why it was almost a routine occurrence to see stolen GS-R’s stripped to the shell, as the drivetrains were engine swap gold and the high-zoot interiors could be sold off for extra profit. Fortunately, this example has survived the pitfalls of poorly-executed modifications and/or a rebuilt title after a theft recovery, with a DC Sports header mentioned as the sole deviation from stock. The leather presents well, and the seller reports the timing belt, catalytic converter, muffler, and clutch were replaced around 120,000 miles; there’s just over 185,000 on the clock now. High miles, yes, but a desirable tuner car that’s incredibly hard to find in stock condition. Good luck with the purchase if you take this survivor GS-R home!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Great condition with normal wear and tear. Last of its kind with a true 5-speed manual.

Clean SC title.

Clear coat on all of the rims are peeling (due to age). Clear coat are also peeling on parts of the driver side and hatch area (three spots). Spoiler is fine. Original owner sanded down the rear quarter panels and painted back over it. Review pictures.

Goodyear tires on all four corners (60% tread left) and new front brakes/rotors. Low beam headlight is upgraded to the new white light LED bulbs with fan housing.

All of the old speakers are replaced by Pioneer 3-way speakers and is powered by a 2019 Pioneer headunit (handsfree talking, bluetooth streaming, and App to control sound settings). The factory radio would be included.

Recent preventative maintenance includes: DieHard Gold battery, spark plugs, valve cover gasket, Royal Purple oil change, brake fluid exchange, power steering exchange, power steering hoses replaced, O2 sensor, and engine air filter. Timing belt, catalytic converter, muffler, and clutch replaced around 120k miles. Rear main seal replaced along with transmission fluid exchange earlier this month at Acutech Automotive. OEM parts and Honda fluids!

I replaced the old worn out 33lb stock headers to a 9lb DC Sports header (better air flow which increases MPG). It does trickle the engine light on, but that does not affect engine performance.

I do not need help selling this vehicle. No trades.
Thanks for looking and have an amazing day!”

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