This Zanardi Edition Acura NSX was just sold for McLaren money

It actually cost nearly as much as two brand new NSX models

39w ago

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.

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Comments (10)

  • It seems that anytime I read about a “special edition” anything, the story includes a sales price of $1 million plus.

    $227,000 stands out as downright affordable.

    While the NSX is not in the same universe as examples from the usual suspects (Ferrari, Lambo, Aston) etc, it’s still a very special car and made even more special since its a limited edition. Then you add the Duhamel connection and to me ... it’s great deal.

      9 months ago
  • It didn't surprise me at all when I saw the result. Fans of and bidder at BaT will of course remember sale of Datsun 240Z not so long ago for $310,000.00. If someone has a dream and can afford it, the all I can say, "Good on you , mate. Enjoy it, that's what life is for". If I were in a position and one of my Dream Rides came for auction, I would have gone hell for leather to get it.

      8 months ago
  • HOLY CRAP! I was thinking, "yeah this would bring 110". 227?! Someone has the good stuff and they ain't sharin!

    -Son, stay OFF the drugs.

      9 months ago
  • I love the NSX. I think it’s probably the greatest FOCUSED sportcar japan made in the 90’s early 00’s. It’s an iconic car and deserves all the respect it’s given. It really put the big names on point with it bringing price and reliability to a segment where that wasn’t a “priority” at that time. It’s one of the greatest sportcars made of all time.

    Now that I put that all behind us. $277k is a bit too much. I know it was an overly expensive car for it’s time (hence the sales numbers) but I don’t see why it has to rise that much. Overall it’s still a Honda/Acura and there’s a lot more prestige and options at a $300k level. And an older NSX would definitely not be on my shopping list if i had that money

    With that If u have the cash to spare and the NSX is where your heart is then I guess you can’t go past it. Me, personally, I don’t think I’d pay that much. Maybe half or a third of the price?

      8 months ago
  • Probably overvalued, sellers know the market is up/down and right now its up, this won’t last forever and so lots of people are flogging their ‘limited’ or ‘specials’ to cash in.

    The sellers are the smart people right now.

      8 months ago
    • And so what? He/she got what he/she wanted/dreamed off. Enjoy it.

        8 months ago
    • Indeed, each to their own.

        8 months ago