Sackey & Co. | Private Sales is proud to report our sale of this 1999 Acura NSX Alex Zanardi Edition #38.
The NSX, a relatively risky project for the still burgeoning Honda of the late ‘80s, was introduced in the US market under the Acura brand in 1991 and went on to set new standards for sports car design, production and performance. Noted advancements included the lightweight all-aluminum body, manufactured with precision robotic welding, and novel technologies like the drive-by-wire throttle and electronic variable valve timing systems. Especially regarded was its performance, with a mid-mounted V6 engine, developed with input from Ayrton Senna, that could achieve 270 horsepower and a top speed of 168 mph. Generations of car enthusiasts grew to love the original NSX over the 15 years it was in production and beyond, MotorTrend in 1990 declaring:
"We've spent over 100 years developing the automobile. The NSX has made it worth the wait."
The 1999 model year ‘Zanardi Edition’, of which only 51 were built in commemoration of Alex Zanardi’s back to back ‘97-’98 CART championships with Honda engines, was produced with a fixed hardtop roof (instead of the usual targa panel) and painted in New Formula Red to match Zanardi’s championship car. Noted weight saving features included a power steering delete, single-pane rear glass panel, lightweight rear spoiler and battery, and BBS wheels, leaving the car 149 pounds lighter than its standard 1999 model version.