By on January 30, 2016

First 2017 Acura NSX Scores Record Auction Price of .2 Million at Barrett-Jackson

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.

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29 Comments on “What Does $1.2 Million Buy You?...”

  • avatar

    I’ve worked with Rick Hendrick in the past and had a number of conversations with him over the years. He’s done this a number of times and especially with GM cars. Which by the way, recommend a visit to his museum on the Hendrick motorsports campus in NC. Pretty impressive, but especially so if you are into Corvettes and Camaros.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d love to see Mr H’s 150+ strong Corvette museum, along with his first ever owned 63 that he stripped down and used the chassis as the foundation of his conference table.

      So cool.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I can’t think of anything the NSX does for the supercar niche. It’s not particularly good-looking and the interior is dated. On one hand, you have the Nissan GT-R that’s tunable, cheaper, and more-capable; on the other hand, you have the R8 or variants of the 911, which have more presence and are probably more fun to drive. If this NSX had come out five years ago, it would have been something special and Honda would have had time to improve it in order to stave off competitors. Is it just me, or was winning this car at auction something of a Pyrrhic victory?

    • 0 avatar

      Well, he simply won the right to buy the first car … so maybe there’s still hope.

      • 0 avatar

        Hendrick also donated to a charity, which can be a reward in itself you heartless bastards ;). That’s usually the only reason “1st car” privileges are even auctioned, so we don’t know how much would have been spent without the charity bit.

        • 0 avatar

          Yep this. If you want a $1.2 mil. car go make friends with Horatio Pagani or Christian Koeniggsegg.

          Quite honestly, who wants a $200k HONDA? No. Or a $375k Lexus. No.

          I always found build #1 cars funny as they are the worst arent they? Bugs, shortcuts etc. But thats not the point, its bound for a museum and the above auction should be remembered for the money donate, the car is 2ndary.

    • 0 avatar

      It is definitely a halo car for the fan boys like CJinSD and thornmark.

      The initial review from one of the auto mags said cold start sounds like a cigarette powered air pump.

    • 0 avatar

      It’s pretty mindblowing how much of a 180 this car is from the original NSX. OG NSX was born out of Honda applying its principles and know how at the highest level. It turned the sports car world on its head and was way ahead of its time. This one is pretty much the opposite. It’s heavy and overwrought- the opposite of what we associate with high performance Hondas. It is the first hybrid sports car in its range, but that’s irrelevant. I am certain Porsche and Ferrari have hybrid 911s and MR berlinettas in the works, and once those come out this will be all but forgotten. And the whole launch was a mess.

      Performance wise Honda is in the wilderness. It’s not just the cars either. Their 2 top sports bikes are almost 10 years old and way behind the competition. Their big naked is overpriced. They have V4s in their MotoGP bikes, but old inline 4s in their sportbikes. It is hard to watch considering how awesome their cars and bikes were in the early 90s. And the worst part is they don’t even need to do a lot to be at the top of the heap again. IT’s bizarre.

      • 0 avatar

        Agreed….that new $180K + RC213V-S with 100-ish HP is a headscratcher. I get that it’s supposedly a MotoGP bike with a headlight and turnsignals…..but still. Telling all your buddies at the Starbuck’s that you have race derived steering geometry and suspension means nothing when you’re getting smoked on the street by their sub $20K R1 or S1000RsR…I don’t see the appeal. Plus, I don’t see many private owners risking a trackday with this thing where it really shines….it would be pretty expensive to fix a lowside.

        In any event, I really want to like this new NSX, but I agree with the above…about 6 years to late. I’m rooting for Acura (I still miss my ’08 TL Type S 6MT), but they are getting more and more out there with their model strategy.

    • 0 avatar

      This sounds like the same arguments that were made against the original. Sales were never all that great and Honda reportedly lost money on every one sold, but 25 years later it’s considered a modern classic.

      If nothing else, the new car has done wonders for the reputation of the original.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      I’m with you in relation to this vehicle.

      To me most of those fluffed up appliances like Infinities, Lexii, Acuras, etc from Japan and even Audi (which I’ll call Aldi from now on) are not true luxury vehicles.

      Most are premium vehicles. I do think many are confused with bling and luxury.

      One thing, this NSX would be quite a vehicle to drive, there will be better vehicles that are cheaper, but when someone spends this kind of money I don’t think they look at the vehicle in a similar as we do for the bang for buck value.

      This Acura, RX’es, etc are designed by the best appliance designers in the world, the Japanese. That is the Japanese way. More technical than the Germans.

      The same can be said for the average pickup buyer, they are buying a blinged out cart with 19th Century technology under it from the chassis and in many cases the suspension.

      • 0 avatar

        What is your definition of a “true luxury vehicle”? If you say BMW or MB, are you arguing that the CLA and 320i are somehow more luxurious than an A3? Is the “fluffed up appliance” LS460 not a luxury vehicle?

    • 0 avatar

      The NSX hasn’t even been in a comparison test against any of the other vehicles you’ve mentioned, but we’re all grateful for your expert opinion on a vehicle which I’m sure you’ve had extensive seat time with.

      And yes, Rick Hendrick paid $1.2 million above the price of the vehicle just for bragging rights and a “pyrrhic victory.” It’s not like he wanted to help charity or acquire the car as a collector’s item. Sigh.

    • 0 avatar

      Looks like they’re doing the Japanese equivalent to a McLaren P1/918 Spyder and Laferrari route with an electrically assisted all out sports car. Will have to see how everything works in harmony for the final verdict.

  • avatar

    Makes sense to me. Get a unique car (In this case car #1) and a tax write off in the same transaction.

  • avatar

    “What Does $1.2 Million Buy You?”; for the average American…it buys you retirement at any age (assuming one knows how to generate and stick to a household budget). Witless cash, indeed.

  • avatar

    I guess none of you have worked on projects where everything goes wrong. I actually admire Acura with sticking with it for all these years. Some of the reviews I’ve read actually liked it, but we will see when it get’s in the hands of real drivers. ps I’m a Acura owner so I’m predjudice.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d wager that many people here don’t work in fields where projects even exist. I can’t fault them for not understanding what it is like because if you don’t live it, you won’t understand it… but I’d love to see them get chucked into an actual project that is a total sh1tshow sometime. Sometimes all it takes is one incompetent person to wreck the whole thing.

  • avatar

    When Hendrick won that auction he looked like he had just bought a 3-legged horse.

  • avatar

    “What does $1.2 Million buy you?”

    Apparently a V6 Prius.

    Finally Honda decides to step out from Toyota’s shadow.

  • avatar

    Times have changed, 4000 is the new 3000.

  • avatar

    Just to be pedantic, the V10 RWD concept that Acura debuted in 2007 was called the Advanced Sports Car Concept, not the NSX, though Honda intimated it was an NSX successor. I know that because I’m looking at the press kit.

    Since Jack was so successful with his Texas Edition badge giveaway, I’ll give one lucky reader a 2007 Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept press kit. It’s not that elaborate, just a CD, but it comes with a nice heavyweight Acura branded pen that takes a Parker style refill cartridge.

    If you’re interested, send me an email telling me why I should pick you to rokem(at)netzero(dot)net. The most entertaining request will win.

  • avatar

    How appropriate, “Convict” Rick and Honda have a sweet history together.

  • avatar

    A 2016 Focus RS was also sold to charity for $550k.

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