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Prepare yourselves: The first 2017 Acura NSX is out in the wild

Vehicle No. 001 was auctioned off to benefit two charities -- the car ended up selling for $1.2 million.

You'd look happy, too, if you got your car for the low, low price of a tax-deductible charity donation.


When you pay $1.2 million for a car, you'd expect a reasonable degree of fanfare. But a press release? Clearly, this ain't your average seven-figure hunk of metal. In fact, it's the first production 2017 Acura NSX, and it sold well above its MSRP of $156,000 for a very good cause -- two in fact.

The lucky duck to pick up the NSX with vehicle identification number (VIN) 001 is none other than Rick Hendrick, owner of the Hendrick Motorsports Nascar team and, at one point, the youngest Chevrolet dealer in the US. His lavish bid will be split between two charities: the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.

Hendrick didn't just receive whatever the factory felt like building. Rather, he ordered up a bright red paint job, "interwoven"-style wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes and a whole truckload of carbon fiber bits.

Acura builds the NSX at its new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, not far from where the automaker's parent company builds a much more sensible car, the Honda Accord. I wonder just how special an Accord would have to be to fetch $1.2 million at auction. Maybe if it finally got around to bringing an Accord Euro R to the US...

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