As happens with many sought-after performance cars, Acura auctioned off the first salable example of its new 2017 NSX and donated the proceeds to charity. Crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona, over the weekend, that NSX brought a cool $1.2 million, which is just shy of $1 million more than the $207,500 sticker price of a fully optioned example.
Acura claims this is the highest-ever auction price for a serial-number-one car. The buyer was Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports and the Hendrick Automotive Group. His winning bid did not net him the red NSX seen at the auction—instead Acura will build the first NSX exactly to his liking. His generous paddle-waving benefited two charities: the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.
Mr. Hendrick and the other NSX buyers can expect to take delivery of their new cars starting this spring. How much retail buyers will have to pay over and above the $157,800 base price of the new sports car will be up to Acura’s dealers—and one suspects that very little (if any) of those premiums will go to charity.