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Building A 1991 Acura NSX Dream Car During A Pandemic

With a 500hp Civic, Integra Type R & S2K already in his stable, this dedicated Honda enthusiast realizes a lifelong dream

Josh Mackey
Jul 20, 2020

I've been shooting cars for nearly 20 years, or about the same amount of time that I've known Tam Le, owner of this 1991 Acura NSX. We've become good friends in recent years which makes this feature all the more important, as we captured his lifelong dream of owning an NSX.

1991 Acura NSX Shine Auto Front Bumper 01 Photo 29/29   |   Building A 1991 Acura NSX Dream Car During A Pandemic

There are a lot of firsts here: from this being my first ever pandemic shoot, to getting a ticket for hanging out of a car and taking photos in downtown with no one in sight. There is something a bit unnerving and surreal about being in a major metropolitan city on a summer Friday night that is completely dead and quiet.

Like most 90s JDM cars, the popularity and rarity of the Acura/Honda NSX continues to climb, with most recent auctions ending at over $150,000 USD on some early 90s models. Tam has been a Honda gearhead, builder and technician for nearly half of his life and presently owns a 500hp "EG" Civic hatchback, Phoenix Yellow Type-R with a custom-built turbo set up and an S2000. It doesn't stop there, though, he also daily drives a Ridgeline, an Odyssey and has also owned a magazine-featured, fully-built Prelude.

1991 Acura NSX Headlights 01 Photo 29/29   |   Building A 1991 Acura NSX Dream Car During A Pandemic

One of Tam's lifelong dreams was to own and build an NSX, but the timing and circumstances had to be right. Just over a year ago he started an exhaustive search and ended up flying out from Seattle to Texas to inspect and test drive what would eventually become his dream car. The NSX, a little rough around the edges, needed some work - but something a lifetime technician and lover of Hondas could easily tackle.

Two More Nicely Built NSX:
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Green Tea Metallic NSX

The exterior features a widebody kit consisting of Downforce GTS vented front fenders, Taitec rear quarter panels, Type R Hood, Shine Auto front bumper, Pride Marga Hills Style side skirts, and Route KS carbon side scoops.

1991 Acura NSX Volk TE37SL Graphite Photo 29/29   |   Building A 1991 Acura NSX Dream Car During A Pandemic

The wheels were recently upgraded to 17x9 Rays TE37SL Graphite Wheels in the front and 18x10.5 in the rear, wrapped in Federal SS595 street tires. Tam knows all too well that the streets around Seattle are not forgiving, so he installed a custom-made cup kit featuring pieces from Stance Parts and BC Racing coilovers.

Tam has a vision for every car he builds and makes sure the theme carries over into the interior with a two-tone leather seat and interior panel restoration. Real carbon overlays, shift knob, and other accessories help set the interior apart from stock. However, the biggest upgrade comes in the form of an S2000 cluster swap with QUBE LED upgrade and carbon bezel trim.

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The NSX's engine was by far the biggest project on the car that not only needed to be fixed, but upgraded. Tam completed an entire rebuild of the engine before finalizing the rest of the engine modifications, which include Top Speed Pro 1 headers, a fully-built, custom exhaust that includes Magnaflow mufflers and Vibrant Resonators, Prospeed Stage 3 chip, Dali Racing intake, and Science of Speed clutch kit, to name a few.

All said and done, Tam expects the NSX to have an estimated 270 HP and 215 TQ. He's purposely left out overdoing the major engine modifications as he's waiting for the new Science of Speed supercharger kit to hopefully be released later this year, which will be a major "boost" to his NSX's overall power output.

1991 Acura NSX Taillights 01 Photo 29/29   |   Building A 1991 Acura NSX Dream Car During A Pandemic

When our reality returns to normal, you might see Tam driving around and frequenting some social events but until then, he's keeping a low profile, building and working on the next project while enjoying quarantine time with his family.

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By Josh Mackey
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Building A 1991 Acura NSX Dream Car During A Pandemic
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Car: 1991 Acura NSX
Owner: Tam Le
Instagram: @tamtechauto
Engine: Top Speed Pro 1 headers; custom exhaust; dual Magnaflow mufflers; dual Vibrant resonators, X-pipe; M Style exhaust tips w/carbon fiber sleeves; Prospeed Stage 3 chip w/RDX injectors; Dali Racing intake pipe; K&N air filter; custom adapter to fuel filter, fuel pressure gauge; Cometic head gaskets; Mishimoto radiator; Venair silicone radiator hoses; billet engine dress-up pieces
Drivetrain: Science of Speed stainless clutch line; Sport 275 clutch kit, aluminum flywheel
Suspension: 19x9" f, 19x11" r wheels, 255/35 ZR19 f, 295/30 ZR19 r Pirelli P Zero Corsa
Wheels & Tires: Volk TE37SL graphite 17x9 +22 front, 18x10.5 +22 rear; Federal SS595 235/40-17 front, 285/35-18 rear; Rays locking lug nuts
Brakes: R1 GeoMet slotted rotors, ceramic pads; Science of Speed stainless steel brake lines
Exterior: Formula Red respray w/black top; Simoniz Glass Coat nano-certamic coating; Taitec rear quarter panels, Type R hood, GT500 carbon fiber wing w/powder coat wing stands; Shine Auto front bumper w/carbon fiber splitters; Downforce GTS wide vented front fenders +25mm; Pride Marga Hills-style side skirts; Downforce carbon fiber center-exit exhaust diffuser, air scoop; F1-style 3rd brake light/strobe module; Route KS carbon fiber side scoops; JDM NSX-R "H" emblems; 6000k HID low beams; new OEM signal lens
Interior: S2000 gauge cluster w/Qube LED upgrade; carbon fiber cluster trim; Zanardi floor mats; NRG short hub; Works Bell Rapfix quick-release Yoshioka Special Edition; Momo Race 320mm steering wheel; carbon fiber shift knob; Integra Type R shift boot; carbon fiber overlay; dash cam rear view mirror and back-up cam; Science of Speed billet window and door levers; Ridies leather seat covers, door cards, arm rest, center console and sub enclosure; LED dome/door/courtesy lighting
Audio: Pioneer SPH-10BT1 w/Bluetooth, 6.5-in 3-way seakers and boom mats for doors; Science of Speed double din bracket; Kicker 8-in. subwoofer; custom carbon fiber and fiberglass center console sub enclosure; Punch 4-channel amplifier; Rockford Fosgate audio wiring
Thanks: Tam would like to thank MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND KIDS, IAN M., JUSTIN H., CHRIS K., PETER L., BRIAN L., MARCOS C., JAY W., SCOTT A., JASON L., THANH @ STAGE COLLISON, MATT @ ALL CITY CONVERTIBLES, TIM @ MUFFLER KING, JOSH @ MACKEYDESIGNS WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO, JOE HORK @IMC, JOHNNY C. NY, STEPHEN DESIGNER, JC CHHIM, PACNW NSX, DAVID @ CARBON FIBER CREATIONS, CHASE HOLYOAK, CHRIS @ SCIENCE OF SPEED, PEACE @ R1 CONCEPTS, TEAM KAMAKAZE, JEREMIAH DEREK, JOHAN @ SJOEBERG DESIGN & PROTOTYPING SE AND RIDIES LEATHER INTERIOR.

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