The Acura NSX debuted at the Chicago auto show in February 1989, making 2019 the mid-engined sports car’s 30th anniversary.

To commemorate the NSX’s birthday, Honda released a short video with a bunch of retro footage that looks like it’s from the car’s original release.

Period auto show photos mixed with cool ’80s-style synth music takes us back—there’s even a little Ayrton Senna Easter egg in there too, in the form of the moccasins the driver is wearing.

(Ayrton Senna, the famed three-time world champion F1 driver, played a paramount role in the development of the NSX, and we’re sure everybody has seen the video where he wheels the NSX around Suzuka casually wearing those brown loafers.)

The video ends with the new NSX meeting up with its ancestor to drive down a desert highway, bringing together two cars that share a name, but almost nothing else.

As technologically advanced as the original NSX was with things like traction control, an all-aluminum monocoque and a V6 mounted in the middle, the new one is tenfold more advanced than that.

Honda will celebrate 30 years of the groundbreaking sports car at the Chicago auto show in 2019.

Source: Driving

February 11, 2019