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Discussion in 'General Automotive Discussion' started by joe sackey, May 11, 2016.
Monaco Blue Pearl (B-501P) NSX we represented for sale a while back. This is the rarest color by numbers produced for the USA market at only 44 cars.
Happy to report we have another NSX Zanardi available privately with 31,000 miles, please reach out if interested: Sterling@SterlingSackey.com.
Those not familiar with these rare cars limited to only 50 units, read my column on the model here: http://sterlingsackey.com/thoughts-on-the-nsx-zanardi/
I feel personally that the NSX Zanardi will have a very bright future value-wise, considering it was the only LHD sport-version NSX to be sold worldwide. The driving experience is elevated beyond a normal NSX in too many ways to list!
I present to you McLaren’s very own Honda NSX, purchased on March 18th, 1991 in by McLaren International in Woking, England, during development of the iconic McLaren F1. This car was doubtless torn down and put back together by the McLaren team, as Gordon Murray was a huge fan of the NSX’s supple yet composed suspension and high handling capabilities, which he used as an inspiration for the F1’s suspension & handling. Murray was said to be seen driving this car around Woking at the time, alternating, of course, with a McLaren F1 prototype. Today, this example lives in Hong Kong with over 150,000 miles on the clock as of a few years ago, a testament to the design of the car that inspired the McLaren F1.
Following up on my last post about McLaren’s NSX, here is a photo submission from a reader showing Gordon Murray with that very car, NSX registration “H678 KPE” outside the old McLaren factory in Woking. Those with a keen eye will notice the open door of a McLaren F1 on the right side of the photo. As mentioned previously, the NSX was used as inspiration for and benchmarking of the McLaren F1’s suspension system, as well as its gear change mechanism (which was essentially copied from NSX), and low-cowl driving position. Another interesting story as it relates to Honda’s influence on the F1: Murray visited Honda's Tochigi Research Institute twice to try to convince them to produce a 4.5-liter V10 or V12 for the McLaren F1 project, but was unsuccessful in persuading the conservative company to move ahead with it. So, instead he was forced to “settle” for the BMW unit we know today!
Senna at the French GP in his Formula Red NSX. Senna owned numerous NSX, having been instrumental in the development process, specifically in his feedback on the aluminum monocoque structure which resulted in a 50% stiffening of the entire car by Honda engineers.
NSX vs. Testarossa, Best Motoring 1991. The mighty Ferrari took the drag race, but it could not keep up with the all-aluminum NSX on track at Tsukuba circuit...
Harry Metcalfe's review of the original NSX, a great description of the car as usual from him. This video also demonstrates the interior engine sound very well!