It would be easy enough to say that the Acura NSX was approved by Formula 1 great Aryton Senna, but that isn’t factual. Senna didn’t just approve it, he was instrumental in testing and development of Honda’s two-seat sports car, providing data to engineers during the car’s development. When it debuted, the mid-engined, rear drive NSX showed Ferrari just what their customers were missing…and wanting…in a legitimate sports car: reliability, comfort, ease of control and a timeless shape. Add in that the Honda V6 engines could even provide some fuel economy if the car was driven in a semi-sane manner, and could hang with the Prancing Horse on a good, twisty course, and Honda’s gamble paid off. The original NSX is an icon, but it’s got one problem it shares with other Hondas and Acuras: good luck finding one that hasn’t been modified or tuned to death. That’s what makes the 1991 NSX that Matt Farah drives for The Smoking Tire special: only wear items have been changed. So if you can look past the Direzzas and the upgraded brake pads, you have a stock Acura as it should be. Oh, and it isn’t babied…the owner laps it at Laguna Seca. Nice.