Acura NSX makes terrible boat, decent submarine
Many cars are given a second chance by an owner who refuses to give up and let something go off to the scrapyard. Take for example this Acura NSX that sat at the bottom of a river for 15 years. The new owner claims it is going to get a second lease on life.
The hulk of a car was exhumed from the Yadkin River in North Carolina after what most suspect to be 15 years of sitting on the riverbed. It’s hard to imagine the car any rougher than its current condition (pun intended) but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something of value there. In fact, someone at Helix Auto Works saw $8500 worth of value when the barnacle of a car, which was hauled out of the river in 2019, was recently sold by LSX Salvage in Lexington North Carolina.
According to other reports, the car was found by divers during a search for a different car that was used in a crime. The CarFax report for this particular car appears to have records on it as late as 2004 so the exact date of it going into the river might be murky, but that gives a pretty solid ballpark to define the length of its aquatic adventure.
In a Facebook post from yesterday, it appears the car is now in the Helix Auto Works shop in Maryland and work is starting on its restoration. Plans are scarce but from reading the comments and replies it appears there will be a YouTube channel dedicated to the process that is yet to be posted. It certainly won’t be a quick process, nor an easy one considering parts for the 1990 model year car are not exactly easy to come by to begin with. Sometimes when it comes to restoration you just have to go with the flow though, so maybe a more performance-oriented build is on the horizon?
Does this feel a little familiar? Well that’s because this is not the first time we have talked about a car being exhumed from a river and restored. The last was a Porsche 911 that took a long soak in an Italian river before being picked out in 2020. That restoration has been progressing smoothly but even three years later is still a long way off from being complete. Is rescuing a vehicle from a river that strange? Maybe not, but it’s certainly strange that it’s happened twice in recent history.