Honda was the initially of the Japanese car or truck corporations to develop a independent luxurious manufacturer to market overseas, beating Nissan and Toyota by various yrs. When the to start with Acuras appeared right here in late 1986, there were being two versions: a dressed-up, hot-rodded Civic and an revolutionary midsize luxury equipment co-produced with Austin Rover. Here’s an early example of the latter motor vehicle, discovered in a Colorado self-assistance motor vehicle graveyard.
You will find some Accord components in the 1986-1990 Legend, but its closest relative is the Sterling 825/ 827.
The Sterling received a gentlemanly leather-and-wood English inside and a vacation laptop that could estimate gasoline offer in liters, gallons, and Imperial gallons, but it also acquired electrical factors from the Prince of Darkness and erratic built top quality. Gross sales cratered speedily. In the meantime, Individuals shortly acquired that Acuras held collectively even better than the bulletproof Hondas they’d been lining up to obtain ( not normally with success) for years.
The Legend was the initially output car or truck Honda ever bought with a V6 engine (the Accord would not get just one until eventually the 1995 design calendar year), and this car is included with badges bragging about the motor configuration.
Did you know that you will find a V6 in this auto? Just producing positive you did! Toyota responded promptly by stuffing V6s in US-marketplace Camrys, starting off the next year. Mazda also introduced the V6-run (and rear-wheel-generate) 929 for 1988 the authentic approach was for the 929 to be sold below a brand name-new Amati brand name, but that in no way materialized.
This DOHC V6 displaced 2.5 liters and created 151 horsepower.
The Legend was readily available with a 5-pace guide transmission for each individual 12 months of its 1986-1994 American sales run, but this a single has the optional 4-pace automatic. Toyota stopped placing three-pedal rigs in the Lexus ES just after 1993.
CD gamers were being even now exotic and very pricey in 1987, so cassette decks in luxury cars and trucks arrived at their peak of complexity. The digital 7-band equalizer is really considerably of its time. This elaborate radio was typical equipment in the ’87 Legend, which tends to make feeling given the higher good quality of well known audio that year.
Just 111,370 miles on the odometer.
The Legend could be experienced as a sedan or coupe in 1987. This is a Luxury Sedan, the really major trim level for the 1987 Legend, and its sticker value was $22,973 with the computerized (which is about $61,185 in 2022 bucks). Its Sterling 825SL sibling cost considerably less, at $21,032 ($56,105 now).
This business is for the 1988 Legend and its 2.7-liter V6, but you get the idea.
Striking worry into the Germans. The official complete title of the Legend was, briefly, Legend Touring Sedan. That acquired shortened swiftly.
In its homeland, it was the Honda Legend. Emperor Akihito’s own vehicle, a few yrs afterwards, was a Honda Integra.
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