1996 Honda ITR

Sold: $26,995

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Honda did a bang-up job tuning this DC2 chassis. Nimble, communicative, and rewarding to drive this 1996 would make for a fun track weapon, daily driver, or weekend canyon carver. Finished in the model's trademark Championship White (NH-0) the paint is in good shape aside from some light scuffs, chips, and dings associated with normal use. Sporting a Spoon lightweight hood, OEM rainguards, and a striking set of Red Recaro buckets, this rev-happy coupe is a real head turner. Offered with a mere 77k verified and documented miles, this JDM pocket rocket can be had at a fraction of the price of a US version. Unique, collectible, reliable, and an all-out blast to drive this Japanese Classic is turn key ready to roll, and will tug at the heartstrings of every Honda brand enthusiast out there.

The Type R models were slightly stripped down from others for weight-saving reasons. With that being noted, there is still plenty of power equipment and amenities. This particular coupe seems cared for in a prior life and even boasts the OEM carpet mats, books, and service manual. The view of the road ahead is clear and unobstructed and the dashboard lacks any cracking or distortion. A simple to use climate control system is located in the center stack. We gave the A/C a recharge and it blows cold at the moment. The heat works as well if you live in a colder climate. The red OEM Recaro front seats are supportive and keep those up front from sloshing about when driving spiritedly. They lack any major rips, holes, or tears and draw a pretty contrast with the white exterior and dark gray interior. Adding to the racy aesthetic in a MoMo steering wheel and a more modern-looking Pioneer audio upgrade are close at hand. Both make daily use more enjoyable as do the electric mirrors, locks, and windows. These all work as advertised and the driver even receives an adjustable steering column. The headliner is in good nick and if we had to critique the cabin the worst thing might be the typical wear on the armrests integrated into the door cards and some minor sagging on the driver seat bolster. Still, at this age, these are small items, and this cabin is in better shape than a car a third of its age. 

The B18C is a potent powerplant. Naturally aspirated, the 1.8L mill is as responsive as anything we see. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the B series starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. The exhaust note is a bit throatier than stock thanks to a polished FGK catback. It idles with confidence and gets up to proper operating temps care of a new thermostat. One of our trained technicians has replaced the cam seal cap, VTEC solenoid gasket, and valve cover gasket to keep the engine topped up on oil. Power is sent through a factory helical LSD to the front wheels and the Type R does an amazing job of putting power to the ground. The chassis pulls through the turns with confidence and is as neutral an FWD platform as was ever made. Acceleration is good, and when the cams shift profile via VTEC, get ready for a kick in the pants. As these cars are ideal for autocross and road racing, the sublime handling needs to be mentioned. This DC2 was put on steroids thanks to Tein coilovers that were installed overseas. While the ride is firmer, the lower fender gaps and extra grip are worth the price. We also rehabbed the suspension with new trailing arm bushings before we mounted and balanced four new tires. The braking is firm and the steering is nicely weighted and on point. For those looking for a multipurpose sports coupe that is easy to service, dependable, and only going up in value, this genuine Type R will be a good fit. 

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