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Acura NSX 001 Fetches $1.2 MIllion At Barrett-Jackson Auction

Acura NSX 001 Fetches $1.2 MIllion At Barrett-Jackson Auction

First-production model went to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick

The Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona is typically the setting for an automaker to send over its first production model and have it auctioned off. It’s happened a number of times in the past, including models like the 2013 SRT Viper, 2013 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray, and 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang. So, when the most recent auction was held over the weekend of January 30, 2016, it wasn’t all that surprising to see another first production model get auctioned off. The only difference this time is that it wasn’t an American muscle car, but rather, a Japanese sports car that all of us have been waiting years to arrive.

Yes, the first production example of the all-new Acura NSX sports car just went under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction, fetching an incredible $1.2 million. The deep-pocketed individual who took home the first-production NSX was no less than NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, the same man who took home the keys to the aforementioned first-production Corvette Stingray and the first-production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, another car that he won at a Barrett-Jackson auction.

Like the other first-production cars that were sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction, Hendrick’s winning bid will go directly to a beneficiary, which in this case, is the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground in Georgia. The organization is focused on taking care of at-risk kids, children of military families, and those with neurobehavioral disorders.

In addition to the first-production NSX, other first-of-its-kind models were auctioned off at the event, including the new Chevrolet COPO Camaro, which fetched $300,000 for United Way and Jay Leno’s 2000 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Edition, which raised $200,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. All in all, it was a great day for a lot of these organizations, just as it was for Hendrick, who now has a new first-production car to add to his growing collection.

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