How do you improve the driving dynamics of an Acura Integra? You don't have to change much. The sport compact was known for its nimble, razor-sharp handling. The Integra Type R is widely hailed as the best-handling front-driver ever made, but even a lesser Integra can be incredibly rewarding with a few suspension tweaks.
What you don't do is cram a whole dang 8.2-liter Cadillac V8 in the trunk. Like the builder of this monstrosity did.
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brought this eye-popping engine swap to our attention. It's a beast. That's a 500-cubic-inch V8 from an early-70s Cadillac Eldorado crammed into the poor Integra's back half. It's sensible in one very specific way: That Cadillac was front-wheel drive, so building this behemoth was as simple as transplanting the Caddy's engine, transmission and front suspension and subframe into the Acura's tail.
But why stop there? The builder threw in two big honkin' 65-mm turbos and intercoolers blowing through a massive 950 CFM carburetor. What the builder did not throw in was any kind of firewall or other divider to separate operator from motivator.
You drop a french fry in this thing, it's getting sucked up by that intercooler fan.
, David Tracy spoke with the sales manager at Streetside Classics, where the car is listed. He told Tracy the car drives "horrendously. It doesn't handle very well... the weight ratios are just completely out of whack." The manager said he'd driven it up to about 40 mph, but he didn't want to go any faster.
Easy to see why. Any bit of noise, heat, or smell coming off that engine is getting piped directly at your noggin. "It's a fun little car, but I would not take it down the street," the sales manager told Jalopnik. "When those blowoff valves go, it deafens you."
So, understandably, Streetside Classics is selling this Acura——as a novelty or show car. The bodywork—particularly the widened and vented rear fenders—looks good, and while we can't vouch for the effects of installing the complete front suspension from a '70s Caddy in the rear of a '90s Acura, we have to say the final product is just deliriously entertaining.
All of which begs the question: Are you the kind of hero who would willingly strap into a seat mounted mere inches in front of a throbbing 8.2-liter twin-turbo V8, sitting on a 40-year-old subframe welded in place by a fabricator of unknown skill and sanity? If so, click on over to .