Bon Voyage

Odometer (Legend):  517,090

Odometer (ILX):  19,056

One of my most loyal international blog readers is Francesco from Italy. I’ve been following his travels in his Fiat for the last several thousand miles.  Italy, incidentally, is always one of the top countries viewing Drive to Five.  Last week, it ranked third in the list with 37 viewers.  Here’s a look at that week’s Top Ten.

Francesco recently turned over the 260,000 kilometer mark in his car.  Congratulations my friend!

Keep the updates coming, Francesco.

The rest of today’s news is more of a grab-bag of stuff that surfaced this week. Consider this an intermission before a pending trip report from this week’s upcoming holiday travels to Utah in the ILX.

Meanwhile, in Florida it’s a red Legend invasion!  Somehow the stars aligned at my friend Alan’s place in Floral City and he ended up with not one, not two, but three Milano Red 1994 Acura Legend LS coupes when my other Acura-hoarder friend Alex visited him.  Two automatics (155k & 136k miles) and a 6-speed manual (203k miles) made up the trio.

Thanks for the pics, Alex!  You guys are crazy but I love it.

Speaking of red Legends, it’s funny how some cars just keep popping up time and time again.  Case in point:  Look at this 1994 Legend LS coupe automatic on Ebay currently.  With just 113,000 miles, it’s a low miler (that’s only 6,300 miles per year).  But I’ve known this Legend since it had half that many miles, back in 2005.  At the time, it belonged to my friend Steve and he’d taken it over from the original owner, his father.  Here’s the for-sale ad that I posted to help Steve sell the car back in when it had 61,000 miles on it.

May 2005, Utah:

It’s been on quite a ride since then.  As the Autocheck shown in the Ebay ad indicates, the car went from Utah and spent some time in Florida, then Texas, then New York, and now it’s in Maryland.  Almost 7 years, multiple owners, at least two accidents, and 52,000 miles later, it’s back up for grabs on Ebay.  The VIN proves this car’s identity.

November 2012, Maryland:

Every Legend has a story to tell.

Haven’t seen enough red yet?  How about a custom red interior in this 1993 Legend LS coupe.

Yowzas.

I love learning of other people who have driven their Acuras as far as I have, but I also recognize how cool it is when an ultra-LOW-mileage car shows up somewhere.  One such example is this Canadian 1989 Legend L coupe automatic.  It’s only got 840 kilometers on it (525 miles).  Total!  It sold to a gentleman in Calgary, Alberta.

Until it’s taken down, the ad is still here.  Ad copy states:

WOW!! Check out this super rare Brand New 1989 Acura Legend V6 Sport Coupe Sedan..evry option available inc pwr buckskin leather seats, pwr sunroof, premium C.D stereo, alloy mags, only 840 original KM, brand-new from McFadden Honda Lethbridge AB CANADA, looks/drives/smells like new!! this car would be the loweset 1989 Acura Legend V6 Car in the World!!! phone for complete story and history..serious buyers only.. price is firm as we are not real anxious to sell this baby!!own a rare piece of Acura Legend History!!! SOLD TO A VERY NICE PERSON!!!

Wouldn’t it be cool to own a museum-worthy car like that?

I got a wild hair this past weekend and threw one of my 19″ Racing Hart C2 wheels on the ILX to see what it would look like.  The C2’s are one of the only sets of wheels I kept of the 13 total sets I’ve had on my Legend over the last 9 years of ownership.

Anybody think they look decent on there?  Cast your vote in the comments below.

The most common question I get at work as Friday approaches is, “Where you off to this weekend?”  Well, my colleague Paul took it a step further.  He went ahead and planned the mother all of all road trips for me.  We’re talking about a circle-the-country, 10,314-mile drive that would take 8 days if I did nothing except drive for 24 hours a day.  I think Paul has just slightly over-estimated my level of driving ambition, but I admit this would be a heck of a ride.

This was a very fitting fortune cookie to receive at Pei Wei during dinner the other night!

On that note, I’m off for a road trip!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

9 Responses to “Bon Voyage”

  1. Thanks homie! 🙂

  2. Tyler Stoker Says:

    Congrats, Francesco!

    And this post reminds me, I still need to find a red LS coupe too. The C2 doesn’t look bad at all on the ILX! Safe Thanksgiving travels, friend.

    • Tyler, I’ve arrived safely in St. George! You’re only another ~380 miles away from me now, I think. Shall I just continue on my way and we can meet up tomorrow someplace? Haha. I do hope you can join the Acura family soon. I’ll take a look at your email regarding that 93 LS 6-speed now. Looks like a gem. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  3. Thanks Tyler!!

  4. Nice find on that crazy low mileage Legend. The pic of the wheel on the ILX look pretty good. Would like to see them mounted front and rear to decide for sure but looks good in that pic.

    • I’ll get all 4 of ’em on soon enough. Glad you approve. Thanks for following along, Terry! Just finished posting a huge write-up of this weekend’s travels.

  5. I’m going to vote “meh” on those rims. They look a little too urban for you, I think.

    How many Legends are currently on the road? Anyway to track that?

    • Wouldn’t it be great if we were able to know how many Legends are still on the road? I wish! Figure – it’s been out of production now for 18 years. Maybe only 50% or so remain on the roads? Thanks for the feedback on the wheels. They’re not for everyone. Hope all is well is TX Land!

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