Vast amounts of witless cash arrived at Scottsdale this week. To wit: the first serial production Acura NSX — or, at least, the right to order it — sold for $1.2 million at Barrett-Jackson on Friday.
For that $1.2 million (plus somewhere between $156,000 and $205,700 for the car itself), winning bidder Rick Hendrick (yes, that Rick Hendrick) will be the first “normal” person to enjoy such model-specific features as automatically reversing cat bolts, tires that don’t grip (if so equipped) and a painstaking 12+ month wait to 60 mph.
At least Acura and Mr. Hendrick will get the warm-and-fuzzies. All that crazy auction money will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground in Georgia, and not Honda’s Formula 1 engine development program.
To say that the fancy Honda has experienced a rocky birth would be an understatement; that it’s been fraught with innumerable setbacks would be kind.
First announced in 2007, Acura pledged to bring the new supercar to market by 2010 with a front-mounted V-10 — before summarily killing off the program in 2008. Later, in 2011, Acura announced it had restarted the program, the fruit of which arrived at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. In 2014, that fruit was charred thanks to a switch to a mid-engined, hybrid V-6 layout that created a more heated exchange than a Trump rally
Now we’re some nine years post official announcement of the second-generation NSX and just days away from the first group of journalists being able to flog Acura’s latest and greatest for all its worth. Yet it will still be another year before the first NSXs begin to show up in private driveways … if anyone still cares by then to buy one.