It’s amazing what people are prepared to pay to have the very first of something. Especially cars. Case in point: the first new-gen Honda NSX available for sale in the USA sold at auction last week for $1.2 million. That’s getting on for ten times the sticker price.

The sale was made at Barrett Jackson’s giant Scottsdale auction, where it has become traditional for car manufacturers auction the first ‘retail’ example of a hot new model in aid of charity. The NSX (badged Acura in the US) set a new record for such a car, with 100% of the hammer price going to children’s charities. NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick was the high bidder.

The NSX wasn’t the only ‘vin #001’ car to cross the block. The first example of Chevrolet’s new COPO Camaro, an off-the-self drag racer powered by a supercharged 5.7-litre V8, made $300,000. while the road-going equivalent made $500,000. More astonishing, though, was the Ford Focus RS that hammered at $550,000, 15 times the list price.

Other charity lots included a 1932 Ford hotrod that made $105,000, a custom Jeep Wrangler that made $81,000, a military-themed Chevrolet Silverado that reached $125,000 and Jay Leno’s 2006 Ford F150 Harley Davidson edition that raised $200,000.

Elsewhere in the sale, a Weissach Pack-equipped Porsche 918 Spyder sold for $1,760,000, an auction record for the model and a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am used to promote the film Smokey and The Bandit made $550,000, helped no doubt by an appearance by Burt Reynolds.

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By Only Motors