The ordering process for the all-new 2017 Acura NSX officially kicks off on February 24th, but interested buyers won’t be able to snag NSX #001 any longer. The very first NSX just sold at this past weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, and gaveled for a whopping $1.2 million, in the process setting the record for the highest-selling VIN #001 vehicle in Barrett-Jackson auction history.
The winning bidder of the first long-awaited NSX supercar was none other than Rick Hendrick, owner of the Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports racing team, which currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
All proceeds from that sale will be donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, as well as Camp Southern Ground, a project of recording artist Zac Brown that aims to serve children from military families, at-risk youth, and young people with neurobehavioral challenges.
“It was amazing to witness such generosity of spirit and passion for the new NSX,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. “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.”
The 2017 Acura NSX reboots the storied NSX nameplate, which first appeared on sale in 1991 and disappeared from U.S. showrooms in 2005. Its latest iteration elevates the fan-favorite sports car to supercar status, boasting a 573 horsepower hybrid setup with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and a trio of electric motors. When ordering opens up for new models later this month, the NSX will be priced at $156,000 and top out at $205,700 fully-loaded.
NSX #001 wasn’t the only headline-making charity auction lot at the annual Scottsdale event. A 2016 Chevrolet COPO Camaro #001 also sold for $300,000, followed by a custom 2016 Ford Focus RS that sold for $550,000, and Jay Leno’s own Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition pickup that sold for $200,000.
Separately, Acura also auctioned off a 2017 NSX hood on eBay, which had been signed by over three dozen Hollywood celebrities. It brought home another $10,800 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.