This Youtuber is going all in on this salvage title rebuild of a 2017 Acura NSX, a car that only cost him $51,000.
Even though the new Acura NSX is already heavily discounted, it’s a six-figure car, out of the reach for 90 percent of car enthusiasts. YouTuber AlexRebuilds, true to his name, put up his first video of many videos earlier yesterday (June 17, 2019) chronicling how he’s going to repair this salvage 2017 Acura NSX with moderate amounts of front end damage, a car that he got for much less than MSRP.
Here’s the 19-minute video below.
Although it’s salvaged, this NSX does start and can steer itself off the transport trailer. If you ever wondered what the front plastic undercarriage on an NSX sounds scraping on bare ground, there’s plenty of that going on.
A bit of Googling around for a 2017 Acura NSX with 2996 miles on it for sale with a salvage title reveals that this NSX linked here is likely the one and the same. And if this site’s final bid history is to be believed, $51,000 was the final bid price on the auction.
In reality, Alex probably spent a couple thousand more since, presumably, he bought this from 74Auto.com but I’m going to assume $51,000 until corrected otherwise.
As the video shows, most of the damage is on the front left corner of the NSX with key structural aluminum components for cooling and steering damaged beyond repair. Aluminum is presumably a lot trickier to work with compared to good ol’ steel so this is where most of his money will be spent.
Alex does mention he’s going to be using the old parts and repairing those so repair costs won’t be as bad as I thought.
Damage aside, there’s a lot that this damaged NSX has going for it. With the engine out back, at least there’s no significant damage, if any, to the main power unit. I can’t say the same thing for the two front torque vectoring motors yet as Alex hasn’t poked around those yet.
Carbon ceramic brakes are an $11,000 option from the factory, which this NSX has, so, if he wants to downgrade to steel rotors, he can recoup some of his costs there.
Alex mentions that the wheels were a $1,500 option so, if he so wished, he could trade them for a regular set plus cash, again, additional potential savings.
$51,000 is a lot of money but it’s a small risk for what amounts to a front end repair on a car that’ll probably run and drive just like new when everything’s buttoned up.
Ballparking here without any actual repair knowledge beyond fixing my own Civic but let’s say it costs $10,000 more to repair the front frame, repaint the hood and bumper and get everything back to 100 percent. With $61,000 suck into the rebuild, he’ll have to sell it for much less than a clean title used NSX.
Last month, I blogged about a newer NSX with repaired front end damage selling for $87,500, not yet sold. If AlexReBuilds prices his NSX right around there, and it actually sells, he’s looking at a potential $26,500 profit.
Then again, this all depends on how much repairs will cost.
I’m rooting that the major repairs won’t cost an arm and a leg because I’d really like to see this NSX brought back to life for not much money.
Anyways, I’ll update all yall with new blog posts as videos come out.
What do you think about this budget NSX rebuild? How much do you think the repairs will cost? Let me know in the comments below!