2001 honda nsx set for auction in the uk – DOC666755
The Acura NSX is one of the most awaited cars of the year, but those who aren’t too sold on the latest iteration of the iconic nameplate can get their hands on a first-generation NSX when it hits the auction block at Silverstone Auctions on February 27, 2016 in the UK.
The model in question was manufactured in 2001. It’s a right-hand drive version that’s dressed in a Circuit Blue paint finish. It also has a black leather interior, electric seats, air conditioning, cruise control, and a 6-unit CD changer. Some changes have been made to the car, none more important than the original 3.0-liter, V-6, engine that has been upgraded to a 3.2-liter V-6. It’s ownership also changed hands in October 2012 when the car was 11 years old. Some improvements were then made to the car, including the addition of a KW V3 adjustable coilover suspension and a full stainless steel exhaust system. As it stands now, the NSX has 32,973 miles on its odometer, so it’s been through some ringers throughout the course of its life.
But, for what it’s worth, it’s still a first-generation NSX that comes with a full service history, including a recent trip to the car doctors last December 2015. Whoever ends up winning the car will receive all three original keys, in addition to a folder of MoTs and invoices, a service book, NSX manuals, tools, and a tire inflation kit.
Silverstone Auctions estimates that the NSX could sell for £55,000 to £65,000, which would be about $60,650 to $66,170 based on current exchange rates. Considering that a brand new 2016 Acura NSX starts at $156,000, it’s a testament to the first-generation NSX’s staying power that it can still cost about a third of the new model.
Why it matters
It’s true that the first-generation Honda NSX, or Acura NSX here in the US, was a mass produced car so there’s a chance that you’ll still see it in the road. But, as far as one going up for auction, you’d be lucky to see another one enter the auction block anytime soon. Besides, just one look at the NSX is everything you need to know how timeless the car’s design has become. Personally, I think it can still give a lot of today’s modern-day sports cars a run for their money as far as design is concerned.
That’s why this particular auction has the chance to become one of the most unpredictable cars to be auctioned off at Silverstone Auctions. That’s saying a lot considering that the event will also be selling a 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S, a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT, a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, and a 2008 Mclaren Mercedes SLR Roadster.
All four of those cars are expected to generate higher bids, but I don’t think they’ll attract a competitive field of bidders like the Honda NSX will when it goes under the hammer. I get that the car has some serious miles on it, and the restorations are a bit worrisome for those who want their cars to be as close to original as possible, but how often do you see a Honda NSX find its way into an auction marketplace? Not that often. So, if you’re looking for the opportunity to own one of Honda’s most remarkable performance models, this is your chance to do it. Now’s not the time to penny pinch with those bids. It’s all or nothing, right?
2001 Honda NSX