- First production model of all-new Acura NSX fetches almost ten times its book price at auction
- NASCAR team owner bids $1.2million to own the coveted VIN #001
- All proceeds of sale to go to children’s charities
The first production model of the all-new Acura NSX was sold at auction in the US last week, fetching almost ten times its book price at a cool $1.2million (£842,500).
The car featuring the coveted #001 VIN number was bought by Rick Hendrick, owner of the Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR team, with every dollar raised donated to children’s charities the Paediatric Brain Tumour Foundation (North Carolina) and Camp Southern Ground (Georgia).
Bidding for the car topped the $1million dollar mark at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 auction on the evening of Friday 29th January, making it the highest charity sale of a VIN #001 manufacturer car in the auctioneer’s 45-year history. A renowned collector of first-edition performance cars, Rick Hendrick will add the very special NSX to his museum collection in Charlotte, North Carolina.
With a US retail price starting at $157,800 (£111,000) including delivery, the all-new NSX is Acura’s first built-to-order car, with order books in the US opening on 25th February 2016 in authorised NSX dealerships. An online configurator will also launch that day allowing prospective customers to explore the 573-horsepower, twin-turbo hybrid supercar for themselves.
Specifically designed to bring a “new sports experience” to the supercar segment, the NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars, much as the first generation did a quarter of a century ago. This philosophy is realised through an all-new three motor electric hybrid system, a twin -turbo V6 engine 9-speed DCT transmission and multi material body architecture with a range of cutting edge manufacturing practices.
Developed under the concept of a “human-centred supercar,” a car that puts the driver first in every aspect of its design, the next-generation NSX leverages its state-of-the-art hybrid supercar power unit, body and chassis to deliver exceptionally intuitive and immediate response to driver inputs.
The all-new NSX will be sold under the Honda brand when it goes on sale in Europe later this year.
To read more about the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 auction please visit www.barrett-jackson.com.