This Zanardi Edition Acura NSX was just sold for McLaren money
It actually cost nearly as much as two brand new NSX models
Motorsport legend Alex Zanardi won the CART Racing Series twice in the late 1990s behind the wheel of a Chip Ganassi Reynard/Honda race car and to mark the occasion Acura, luxury division of Honda for the North American market, decided to build a Zanardi Edition NSX. Only 51 units were made and this particular example, no #51, was just sold on Bring a Trailer for $277,017.
Like every other Zanardi Edition, this NSX is painted in 'New Formula' Red with a fixed roof, a lightweight rear spoiler, BBS wheels (16'' at the front and 17'' at the rear) and, thanks to the lightweight battery and custom made rack-and-pinion steering system, it weighs around 68 kg less than the 'standard' NSX.
The interior features Onyx-colored upholstery with micro-suede inserts, red stitching and black carpeting. Everything else is standard, same as the base model NSX, with a factory-spec stereo, air con, a titanium shift knob and it even comes with power seats.
Under the hood, you'll find a 3.2-liter VTEC V6, capable of 290 hp and 224 lb-ft of torque. The power, of course, is sent to the real wheels only courtesy of an old-school 6-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential.
The NSX Zanardi Edition had a $84,745 price tag when it was new and the car you see here was originally purchased by AMA Superbike champion Miguel Duhamel, who's put around 12,000 miles under its tires over the last twenty-odd years.
Over $270k is a lot of money for a 1999 NSX, especially when you consider than a brand new NSX starts at around $150k. Then again, this is a limited edition version of a fantastic car and it was made for a special person, we all know Zanardi, so perhaps the price is right.