Unmodified Survivor: 1993 Acura Integra GS-L – SOLD!
November 11, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “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 us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Recently, Acura announced that it was bringing back an entry-level sport compact model in the tradition of the Integra, a 90s icon the company bizarrely killed off years ago. This classic 1993 Integra was originally listed in November 2021 on Craigslist in Hillsborough, New Jersey in exceptionally clean condition with a recent paint job and the preferred five-speed manual for $7,200. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide confirms this private seller has his Integra priced above the current guidance that calls for a “High” retail value of just $2,500, but that doesn’t take into account the scarcity of first-generation Integras in stock condition.
Like so many sport compact models from the early 90s, The Fast and the Furious franchise did irreparable harm to the remaining stock of unmodified Integras after the film debuted. These cars were already hot among thieves and the early pioneers of the Honda/Acura tuning scene, but that bit of Hollywood exposure left few survivors after the floods of Wings West body kits and Greddy performance parts were tacked onto every remaining example. The GS-R was the model to have if you wanted to sample Honda’s ability to offer warranty-defying redlines in its street cars, but even lower-spec models like this came equipped with a willing DOHC powerplant and a silky smooth manual gearbox.
We came across this 1993 Acura Integra commercial posted on the adrossi85 YouTube Channel:
The seller’s car is a mildly rare GS model with the additional “L” designation after its name, which denoted that it came with the leather interior. People forget that despite its sportiness, the Integra was still largely intended to be an affordable entry point into luxury car ownership, the vehicle you’d buy after landing your first real job with a decent paycheck and no kids. While the mileage is approaching 180,000, the fresh paint job erases some of those years of road-going use, and the seller has also addressed a mixture of cosmetic and mechanical maintenance needs with replacement door panels, new carpet, new brakes, and nearly new front tires. The air conditioning doesn’t work and the original stereo is kaput, but those are easy fixes. Good luck with the purchase if you bring this survivor-grade Integra home!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1993 Acura Integra GS L, Black, tan leather interior. 178 K miles, 5-speed manual transmission. 1.8 Liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine. New paint, carpet, door panels. New battery, front brake pads, almost new tires. Things that do not work – AC, stereo (original). ABS light on but Honda dealership found no issue with brakes. Front seat upholstery has some wear/tear.“
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