Acura promises ‘custom-restored’ classic for tuner show
Acura plans to show a painstakingly restored champagne-colored Legend sedan, vintage 1993, at the upcoming SEMA extravaganza, a tremendously noisy comic-con for the aftermarket tuning industry.
The car belongs to actor and rapper Christopher Bridges, better known as Ludacris, and it appeared on the cover of his 2015 album “Ludaversal.” It’s getting restored because it recently was in a collision that would have otherwise seen it written off by the insurance, but Acura plans to modify it during the restoration process.
The Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles will oversee the effort.
“Working with a real car guy and a passionate Acura owner like Ludacris has made the process of bringing his Legend back to its original glory a fun and unique experience,” said Dave Marek, Acura Global creative director. “We wanted to put our own stamp on the Legend while retaining the essence of the original that Ludacris has worked so hard to maintain over the years, and we look forward to unveiling the sedan for the first time at the SEMA Show.”
Even without having seen the fruit of Acura’s efforts, it’s safe to say that it’ll end up being the most valuable 1993 Legend in existence just in parts and labor when the project is completed. We’re just hoping the modifications will stay true to the original spirit of the first-generation Legend, but Acura is calling the project a “custom-restored 1993 Legend,” so we’re also bracing ourselves for the potential outcome.
The second-generation Legend debuted in 1991, and was powered by a 3.2-liter V6 engine connected either to a four-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual. Available in two-door and four-door form, the Legend was the largest sedan in Acura’s lineup in the 1990s before it was renamed the RL with the 1996 redesign, and sought to take on the Lexus LS and the Infiniti Q45.
You can follow along the project using the hashtag #LegendaryDuo and by checking in with @Ludacris and @Acura if you have signed up for The Twitters electronic bulletin board system.