NASCAR Team Boss Becomes First NSX Owner – For A Million Dollars

NASCAR Team Boss Becomes First NSX Owner – For A Million Dollars

If you’re old enough to remember the original Honda NSX, you’ll remember the only criticism people had about it.

It wasn’t the looks – everyone agreed that they’d upstaged Ferrari. It wasn’t the handling either, which had been tailored to the specific preferences of one Ayrton Senna. As for the performance, everyone agreed that they’d upstaged Ferrari there too.

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No, it was the price. Despite beating the Ferrari 348 in every way and being half the price, no-one in the world would pay £50,000 for a Honda.

The criticism held out. The NSX never sold in huge numbers – in 14 years, 18,000 were sold across the planet – but it was endearing enough that used prices are already going back up and Honda has spent the last 10 years talking about a replacement.

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The new NSX is almost finally here. It’s a little different – it’s now four-wheel drive, has a turbocharged engine and uses hybrid technology to produce twice as much power as the original – and far from undercutting the equivalent Ferrari it’s now a £100,000 car.

Unless you’re NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, who has just bought the very first NSX – wearing the North American ‘Acura’ badge instead of the Honda one – at auction. Rick paid an astonishing $1,2 million to pick up NSX number 1, more than eight times over the car’s US list price.

Hendrick has a habit of picking up first issue cars. His collection includes the very first Camaro and Corvette models from 2010 and 2014, and their respective convertibles from 2011 and 2015 – though a Honda is a bit of a departure from his Chevrolet penchant.

The rest of us will have to wait until the end of February to order our NSXs. And find another £99,995.

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