By now, cars from the 90's are expected to have depreciated to less than one-fourth of its original price tag...that's if we are to follow logic. That said, there are some exceptions to this with some cars increasing in value rather than depreciating. One such example would be this one-owner 1997 Acura Integra Type R which recently sold for $63,800 (Php 3.45 million) at the recently concluded Barrett-Jackson Auction held in Las Vegas.
So what makes this Integra Type R worth Php 3.45 million? It's as close to showroom fresh as possible. To start, the DC2 is completely unmodified and has only done 1,191 miles (1,917 km) in over 21 years. It also wears its original Championship White paint and has not been involved in any accident whatsoever. Inside, the interior is still fresh with no dirt on the black suede and red stitching. In fact, the even the original head unit with a 6-speaker stereo system has been left in place.
Pop the hood, and you'll see the DC2's unmolested B18 engine. The Integra Type R is powered by a 1.8-liter engine which produces 200 horsepower from the factory. It is then mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, sending power to the front wheels and is equipped with a limited-slip differential.
Along with the sale, the Intergra Type R comes with complete documentation such as owners manual, the original paperwork and bill of sale, window sticker all in a leather Acura binder. There's even an unopened special Type R key along with a spare key included in the mix.
In the U.S., the Integra Type R's were ever sold in limited numbers only unlike in Japan where they were produced from 1995 to 2001. After setting a new record for the price of an Integra Type R, expect the prices of even JDM DC2s to go up soon.