Honda NSX NA2 3.2 6 Speed Manual | SOLD



The Honda NSX is different from any other classic sports car - It’s a genuine sports car that all owners and drivers can enjoy. Not only is the aluminium body beautiful, it combines build quality, reliability, durability and everyday drivability in one. It’s a classic you can own; take out for a drive whenever you like; and not worry about it breaking down or rusting away.


Famously developed with input from Ayrton Senna and endorsed as ‘monumental’ by Gordon Murray, the Honda NSX was, and still is, an automotive legend. Murray even purchased and drove one on a daily basis, which he described as being, ‘very dear to his heart’. The beauty of the NSX was not a headline-grabbing top speed or a colossal power output, but rather the expertly balanced combination of its chassis and powertrain. It is the byword for a usable and approachable supercar, and as such is all but immune to the passing of time and progression of technology.


When first released the NSX was ahead of its time. It took many years for Honda to improve on it, but this is it, the NA2 NSX. This facelift car has better looks; its 3.2 litre 24 valve aluminium (with titanium con-rods) engine is superb, with noticeably more torque than it’s 3.0 litre predecessor. The 6-speed gearbox is easy to use, with light clutch, smooth gear change and perfect ratios.


It’ll be a joy to drive: Comfortable, satisfying, effortless, with brilliant handling.

It’ll be a joy to own: Beautiful design; beautiful engineering; discrete; elegant; esoteric; reliable; comparatively inexpensive to run; and – crucially - it’s not going to go down in value.


Year: 2004

Body: 2 Doors Coupe

Exterior: Silver

Interior: Black

Driver's Sider: RHD

Transmission: 6 Speed Manual

Indicated Mileage: 26,000 Miles

Location: Hong Kong

Registration: Registered in Hong Kong

This Motor Car: This “Facelift’ NA2 has the enlarged 3.2 Litre Engine and a 6 Speed Manual. This NSX Coupe was supplied new in 2004 by Honda UK, arrived and registered in Hong Kong in 2013. It has covered just 26,000 Miles from new and has been well maintained. The service history since 2013 shows regular service and light usage. It has a beautiful, Silver paintwork and black perforated leather seats. Available for viewing by appointment only.


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Facelifted NA2 with 3.2L Motor and Desirable 6 Speed Manual Transmission

  • Low Mileage and well maintained example

  • A joy to own and a joy to drive which you won't regret

Classic Insider condition score: 82 points out of 100

CONDITION REPORT:

Original. Paint is fresh from restoration a year ago, looks shiny and largely free of blemishes. The alloy wheels are unmarked and shod with fresh tires. The Interior is fully original, the dash, seats, door cards and carpet are in good condition except for light dis-coloring on plastic trim on the center console. Equipped with creature comfort such as Air-Conditioning and Cassette Radio. Under the "tennis grip" it is a perfect condition steering wheel. Well maintained and mechanically excellent. Drives wonderfully free of any suspension rattles. Owner's manual pack and tools come with the car.

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SERVICE HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS


2014

- Annual Service

- O2 Sensor replacement (4 units)

- Remove UK Anti-theft system

- New Radiator

- Replaced clutch, master cyclinder, disc, change transmission fluid


2015

- Annual Service

- Repair A/C leak, replaced coil, add Freon

- Change water tank


2016

- Annual Service

- Repair A/C, removed dash to replace Coil and A/C Pump

- Engine out, replaced Cambelt, Bearing, Valve cover gasket, Ignition Coil


2017 - 2018

- New water pump/ timing belts. Adjusted valve clearance

- Full Service. Replaced Head Gasket set, Spark plugs, All belts and Tensioner


2019- 2020

- Body and paint restoration

- New Battery

- Installed Restored Alternator from Japan

- Check A/C System, replaced O-ring on lines

- Computer wheel alignment


2021

- New antenna


** All available previous Service records available upon request

BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:

The Honda NSX was produced between 1990 and 2005 and is equipped with a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive layout powered by an all-aluminium V6 featuring Honda's Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system.


In 1984, Honda commissioned the Italian car designer Pininfarina to design the HPX (Honda Pininfarina Experimental), which had a mid-mounted 2.0 litre, V6 configuration. Following Honda's decision to pursue the project, the management informed the engineers that the new car would have to be as good as anything coming from both Italy and Germany.


The HPX concept car evolved into the NSX (New Sportscar experimental). The original performance target for the NSX was the Ferrari 328; subsequently revised to the 348 as the design neared completion. The bodywork design had been specifically researched after studying the 360° visibility inside an F-16 fighter jet. The car's strong chassis, rigidity and handling capabilities were the results of three times F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna's input with NSX's chief engineers while testing the prototype car at Honda's Suzuka Circuit during the development stages.


The NSX featured a state of the art 3.0-litre V6 ‘VTEC’ engine (variable valve timing) and an all-aluminium monocoque body, encompassing a revolutionary extruded aluminium alloy frame and suspension. This made the car extremely light and extremely strong. Other game-changing features included 4 channel ABS brakes, titanium connecting rods in the engine and later in the model’s life – an electric power steering system as well as an upgrade to a 3.2-litre V6 engine. The car was the first real Japanese ‘Supercar’, proving itself and quickly establishing respect from its key competitors. Production continued right up until 2005, with only subtle changes made throughout its life.


Today, the NSX is still considered by owners of the marque as one of the most reliable exotic cars ever manufactured with many examples comfortably exceeding 100,000 miles without serious reliability issues.


MODEL HISTORY

The Honda NA1 NSX was initially available as a mid-engined coupe. Manufactured in a purpose-built factory in Tochigi, Japan, the rear-wheel drive NSX was powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that was mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

C30A

The original 3.0-litre C30A V6 petrol engine had an open-deck design, an aluminium block and cylinder head, double overhead camshafts (per cylinder bank), titanium connecting rods for reliable high-rpm operation (a world first), forged pistons with molybdenum coating, four valves per cylinder, direct ignition (individual coils mounted atop each spark plug) and a compression ratio of 10.2:1. The C30A engine also featured Honda’s

  • Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) which was designed to engage between 5800 and 6000 rpm; and,

  • Variable Volume Induction System (VVIS) which used a secondary intake plenum to create an inertia ram tuning effect from 4800 rpm.

While engines with manual transmissions had an 8000 rpm redline; engines with automatic transmissions, however, had less aggressive cam timing and the redline was reduced to 7200 rpm.

The five-speed manual transmission had a twin-disc clutch, double-cone synchroniser in second gear and a synchronised reverse gear. The four-speed automatic transmission, however, had a lock-up torque converter for improved economy in third and fourth gears which operated in four increments for smooth operation.

Body and development

Significantly, the NSX was the first production car to have an all-aluminium monocoque chassis and suspension, with the former including an extruded aluminium alloy frame. The use of aluminium in the body was estimated to provide a 200 kg mass saving relative to steel, with the aluminium suspension components saving a further 20 kg.

For the NSX, development assistance was provided by Bobby Rahal, Satoru Nakajima and Ayrton Senna, the latter attributed with convincing Honda to stiffen the chassis after testing a prototype vehicle at Honda’s Suzuka racetrack. Furthermore, Honda used a Cray supercomputer to performance finite element modelling to achieve a design with the desired structural rigidity.

Dimensions

With its long-tail, cabin forward design, the NSX coupe was 4430 mm long, 1810 mm wide, 1175 mm tall and had a 2530 mm long wheelbase; kerb weight was 1365 kg for models with manual transmissions (with a 42:58 front:rear distribution) and 1405 kg for models with automatics.

Suspension

The NSX had independent, double wishbone suspension front and rear with forged control arms, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bars; the NSX was also fitted with a limited slip differential which had a multi-plate clutch and planetary gearset. In crosswinds, the differential would operate to detect the rotational difference between the rear wheels and transfer torque to the slower wheel to keep the vehicle on its desired path.

Steering

The NSX had a variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering system. Initially, only models with automatic transmissions had power-assistance and this was disabled at speeds above 50 km/h for greater steering feel. From 1993, however, models with manual transmissions also had power-assisted steering.

Brakes

The NSX had 282 mm ventilated brake discs front and rear with dual-piston steel calipers.

Features

Standard features for the NSX included forged alloy wheels with 205/50 ZR15 front and 225/50 ZR16 rear Yokohama tyres, a four speaker Bose sound system with a six-disc Alpine CD changer, climate control air conditioning, power adjustable front seats, leather trim, cruise control, central locking, power windows, power mirrors and a height and reach adjustable steering column.

From 1994, the NSX was fitted with 215/45 ZR16 front and 245/40 ZR17 rear tyres for more responsive handling and increased cornering capability.

From 1995, the NSX had electronic throttle control (also known as drive-by wire), the first Honda vehicle to be so equipped.

NA2

Released in April 1997, the NA2 NSX was powered by a 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine and solely available with a six-speed manual transmission.

C32B engine

The 3.2-litre C32B engine had the same properties as its 3.0-litre C30A predecessor but thinner fibre-reinforced metal (FRM) cylinder liners were used to increase displacement, though more efficient intake and exhaust systems were also introduced. Furthermore, the newly introduced six-speed manual transmission differed from its five-speed predecessor in that it had a single clutch.

Brakes

While standard safety equipment was unchanged, the post-April 1997 NA1 and NA2 NSX were fitted with 298 mm front and 303 mm rear ventilated brake discs with dual-piston steel calipers.

FACELIFTED NA2

The “Facelifted” NSX NA2 introduced cosmetic updates and suspension changes. Visually, the post-February 2002 NSX could be identified by its lighter, fixed headlights with high intensity discharge (HID) xenon bulbs, a restyled front bumper and rear apron, more prominent side sills, new tail-lights and ribbed seven-spoke alloy wheels; the NSX also introduced two new colours: Monte Carlo Blue and Imola Orange. As a result of these changes, the NSX’s drag coefficient was reduced from 0.32 to 0.30 Cd.

Inside, the NSX had new colours for the gauge faces, centre panel, sound system air conditioning unit and door panels.

Suspension changes for the NSX included increased front spring rates and a larger diameter rear stabiliser bar. Furthermore, front tyre size increased from 16 to 17 inches (with 215/40 ZR17 tyres) and rear tyre width increased from 8.5 to 9.0 inches (255/40 ZR17 tyres).

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