TOO EXPENSIVE: Honda South Africa confirmed they will not make their hybrid supercar, the NSX available locally. Image: Instagram / Honda
Scottsdale, Arizona - A motorsport team owner paid a record sum to own the first 2017 Acura/Honda NSX ( VIN number #001) at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Rick Hendrick, owner of Nascar team Hendrick Motorsports and founder of Hendrick Automotive Group, paid a remarkable $1.2-million for the privilege of owning the new sports car.
The entry-level version costs $156 000 and a fully-loaded version is priced at $205 000.
'Passion for the new NSX'
Proceeds will be donated to two great causes; the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and musician Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground.
The philanthropic auction was the highest charity sale of a VIN #001 car in Barrett-Jackson history. Hendrick's winning bid will allow him to order the first NSX off the line to his specifications.
Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura, said: "It was amazing to witness such generosity of spirit and passion for the new NSX. Mr Hendrick will have the great satisfaction of owning and driving the very first next-generation NSX, and making a difference in the lives of thousands of children."
In total, 11 vehicles were auction for charity:
• 2017 Acura NSX VIN #001 (Lot #3007) donated by Acura to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground – $1.2-million
• 2016 Ford Focus RS (Lot #3009) donated by Ford for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – $550 000
Additional $10,000 donated by Michelle Mauzy.
• 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS VIN #001 (Lot #3008) donated by GM to benefit Kettering University – $500 000
• Chevrolet Camaro COPO GEN 6 VIN #001 donated by GM to benefit United Way – $300 000
• 2000 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Truck donated by Jay Leno to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – $200 000
• 2012 Dodge Charger NASCAR Racecar to benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America – $150,000
Additional $10,000 donated by the Damon family.
• 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Military Tribute to benefit the Stephen Siller Foundation – $125 000
• 1932 Ford Hi-Boy to benefit the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts – $105 000
• 2008 Mckinney Top Fuel Dragster to benefit B.R.A.K.E.S. Foundation – $100 000
• 2015 JEEP Wrangler Custom to benefit Childhelp through SEMA Cares – $81 000
• 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 to benefit The Barrett-Jackson Cancer Fund At TGen In Memory of Russ and Brian Jackson – $75 000
Not headed for SA
In 2015, Wheels24 reported that Honda South Africa was set to launch its hybrid supercar, the NSX to Mzansi.
Speaking at the launch of the Civic Type R hatch in Cape Town in January 2016, Graham Eagle, director of operations at Honda Motor Southern Africa, delivered bad news.
The poor performance of the Rand has sent the prices of the NSX skyrocketing. In fact, the NSX, according to Honda, would cost nearly R6-million if it was sold in Mzansi.