A sportscar manufactured by Honda to commemorate Italy’s Alex Zanardi winning the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) in 1997 and 1998 has been sold for a record $277,017 (£217,752/€236,623) on the internet.
Driving Honda-powered cars, Zanardi won back-to-back Championship CART titles.
To mark those victories, Honda released a special version of the Acura NSX in the United States called the Zanardi Edition.
Sold only for the 1999 model year, just 51 examples were made and marketed at a price of $84,745 (£66,625/€72,400).
The car is especially desirable for its slick-top roof, as opposed to the removable Targa top that nearly every other NSX came with after 1994.
Having a fixed roof contributed to the Zanardi Edition’s reduced weight, which was down 149 pounds from an NSX-T thanks also to unassisted rack-and-pinion steering, a single-pane rear window, lightweight rear spoiler, lighter battery, and a set of lightweight BBS wheels.