1997 Honda Integra SiR
Honda designed a winner with the third-generation Integra platform, and this 1997 SiR model has it all! Reflexive handling, sleek styling, diehard reliability, and a fun powertrain were hallmarks of this chassis, and the fact that all these traits can be had in a sedan makes the ownership experience even better. This Adriatic Blue (B-74P) example is fresh off a recent service and boasts only 67k verified and documented miles. Aside from some light dings and chips associated with normal use, the paint is in good shape and this lowered saloon is set off by a set of rare Mugen wheels, OEM front lip, and aggressive "Type R" rear spoiler. Collectible, easy to service, and rewarding to drive, you can see why the DB8 is a certified Japanese Classic.
Honda's top-tier ergonomics are on full display as you enter the cabin. The view of the road ahead is unencumbered and the dashboard lacks any cracking or age-related distortion. Dual SRS front airbags undoubtedly add a level of reassurance for those riding up front, and a tilt-adjustable steering column will help the driver to find the optimal comfort level. Power folding mirrors, electric door locks, and power windows all work in typical Honda fashion and make daily driving even more enjoyable. It should be noted that a new alternator reliably powers these items! The textured blue and gray cloth upholstery is in above-average shape and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. Comfortable on long drives, there is no need to be cramped up, as in the coupe version of the car. The headliner is tight and taught and lacks any major damage aside from two tiny nicks. The door cards are nearly mint and the carpets have escaped the past quarter century without sustaining major damage. Even the OEM mats are included in the sale and will keep the floor nicely protected. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as we did want to note the OEM headunit has given up the ghost, and a minor pinhole on the dash from a prior navigation mount. Aside from that the cabin really impresses and was clearly cared for in Japan!
As the brand enthusiasts will tell you the B18C engine is one heck of a mill! The 1790cc unit revs until kingdom come, and has a known reputation for being nearly bulletproof. As soon as the Integra arrived in the US it was hoisted up on the lift and given a fresh oil and filter service. A new engine air filter, fuel filter, and 12v battery aid seamless ignition, and the four-banger idles with confidence. To keep the next owner from having to check the oil frequently, a new valve cover gasket was installed by one of our trained techs and a new thermostat happily handles the thermal management. Mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, power is fed to the front wheels. Rowing up and down the gears is a blast and the five-speed is properly geared for freeway use. Acceleration is decent and the top of the powerband is hard to keep away from, especially with the intoxicating wail of the VTEC system just beyond the firewall. While the powerplant is a hoot to wring out, the handling is equally good. Adjustable coilovers allow the Integra to remain flat in the twisties and reduce those unsightly fender gaps. We refreshed the suspension with new trailing arm bushings, sway bar bushings, and a new front left axle to add some peace of mind for the next purchaser. We also replaced all of the brake pads and rotors in the front and back making this little four-door stop on a dime. The power steering provides loads of feedback and is nicely weighted. New TOYO rubber has been mounted and balanced at all four corners so that this Honda stays properly adhered to the road. The tires will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and the 15" Mugen RNR alloys complete the classy aesthetic. We could see this lovely Honda as a daily driver, autocross superstar, or weekend cruiser. After all, it's a real deal Japanese Classic!
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