When Acura first announced that it would be auctioning off NSX #001 for charity at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, we knew it would turn heads and raise bidding arms. But to cap off a record-shattering Friday at the world-renowned car collector’s auction with a massive $1.2 million-dollar final bid surpassed even our lofty expectations.
That $1.2 million final bid, which made the NSX the most expensive vehicle ever sold at Barrett-Jackson, will be donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground. The winning bidder and proud owner of a piece of automotive history is none other than Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports.
Jon Ikeda, General Manager of Acura, seems to have been every bit as impressed by the flurry of bidding, which started at $500,000 and quickly escalated, as anyone was. “It was amazing to witness such generosity of spirit and passion for the new NSX,” Ikeda said. “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 first NSX to roll into our showroom won’t have a VIN as low as Hendrick’s, but it will still be a very special moment and a very special vehicle. The NSX will arrive this spring, and we couldn’t be more excited.