Well, that didn’t take long. This isn’t the first 2017 NSX to have been crashed, but it could be the first damaged one to have appeared for auction in the US.
If you ever wonder why expensive supercars are being driven frustratingly slowly on trackday dashcam videos, this is one reason. All too often a person’s money/talent mix is skewed too far towards the former, and that’s when bad things happen to good cars. We don’t know for sure that this car was being driven on a track when it was crashed, but avoiding nasty damage like this is why supercar owners often drive so slowly. There’s also a certain softness about the pattern of the damage that suggests a tyre wall.
The former owner of this sorry-looking Acura NSX was no doubt enjoying his or her new hybrid supercar before trying something daft, rummaging around in their bag of talent and finding it more or less empty. Soon afterwards, they also found their pride, joy and ego somewhat crumpled.
Having covered just over 7300 miles from new, it’s now up for auction with online auctioneer Copart, being sold by the insurers who presumably paid out for it after its crash. It’s had a fairly heavy front shunt that has mashed the bumper assembly, bonnet and probably a subframe or two, but the auctioneer does claim that it starts and drives under its own steam. There’s minor rear damage, and it may be that the rear bodywork needs replacing as well. At least it seems to have more than three-quarters of a tank of fuel already in it…
Other problems include airbags that have fired, but the real nasties could come if the main structure is damaged. If the chassis or front-mounted electric powertrain have taken too much of a pounding then it could be game over, but the fact that the car is for sale at all suggests there’s some hope, if you’re the optimistic type. Copart says inspections are welcome (and essential).
At the time of writing the bidding for the remains of the $224,000 supercar stands at, err, zero dollars, and the listing states that it’s not actually on sale. Reports that spotted the car sooner have cited active bidding, so we’re not sure what’s going on. We’d expect someone to be willing to pay quite a lot to take a chance on this.
What we do know is that it’s a sad state for such a great car to be in. Hopefully it’s repairable and gets restored to its full glory. Apparently, the former owner has already ordered another NSX. Let’s hope they take better care of that one.