The very first Acura NSX was sold last night at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 event. It realised a staggering $1,200,000, the proceeds of which will go to the Paediatric Brain Tumour Foundation and Camp Southern Ground. The two charities are focused on providing care to children.
The car was purchased by NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. Hedrick is a prolific philanthropist, owning the first 2010 Camaro for which he paid $350,000, the first 2011 Corvette Z06 he bought for $270,000, the first 2014 Corvette Stingray for $1.05 million and the first 2015 Corvette Z06 for $1 million.
Barrett-Jackson offer these sorts of vehicles every year for the benefit of various charitable foundations. The Acura NSX eventually went for considerably more than its $156,000 to $205,700 recommended retail price.
Also at Barrett-Jackson also had a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Copo which sold for $300,000, the proceeds going to United Way. Jay Leno also donated a unique Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 which managed $200,000 with proceeds to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is the world’s largest not-for-profit funder of childhood brain tumor research. Camp Southern Ground serves children ages 7 to 17 with both typical and special needs.
The Acura NSX features a twin-turbocharged, dry-sump V6 engine with a three-motor Hybrid system and a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission. With a combined output of 550 hp and a reported 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds. It is possible that the NSX could put the screws to Hendrick’s NASCAR rides!