It’s August, which naturally means that Monterey Car Week is right around the corner, a staggeringly spectacular automotive happening encompassing the very best in cars, and which provides endless opportunities to blow a million bucks faster than even Leona Helmsley could manage. Here’s just one example of what we mean. Mecum Auctions, our occasional business partner, is just one of the major auction houses conducting sales of very high-end cars during the Monterey blowout, in Mecum’s case at the former Del Monte estate just outside town. One of the 600-plus vehicles going to the hammer at Mecum will be the very first example, verified by VIN number, of the 2022 Acura NSX Type S, one of just 350 of these mid-engine supercars to be produced, just 300 of which will be reserved for U.S. buyers.
Not everyone likely knows it, but the NSX – for 2022, every example will be a Type S – stands as America’s other mid-engine exotic for the most demanding drivers, produced at the marque’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, not too far from where its rival, the Corvette C8, is built. It’s a socially conscious screamer, motivated by an enhanced version of Acura’s twin-turbo V6 and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system, with actual performance numbers expected close to the official rollout. Whomever gets down the winning bid on VIN 001 will be able to custom-order it to exact personal specifications. Among the beneficiaries from the sale’s net proceeds will be a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) education program for at-risk or underserved youth through a partnership between Acura and the Center for Science and Industry of Columbus, Ohio. Can’t make Monterey? Click your mouse here and you can reserve an NSX Type S of your very own.