A funny thing happened today; someone contacted us to communicate the sale of an ‘order slot’ for the 2017 Acura NSX.
“I have a legitimate paid deposit slot from July 26, 2012 with documentation up for sale on eBay,” eBay seller ‘spa_yellow’ wrote to us in an email. “I've decided to get a 2nd Lamborghini instead.”
The listing went live on eBay on Sunday, February 21, with the 2017 Acura NSX ‘slot owner’ starting the bid from $50,000 with a ‘Buy it now’ price of $100,000. Unsurprisingly to us, there were zero bids on eBay at the time of posting.
And yes, that’s basically just for cutting in front of the line to order the car from a specific Minneapolis Acura dealer, with the NSX itself to cost you anywhere from $156,000 to $205,700 extra. This lad originally paid $500 to purportedly secure a spot for the car at the dealer, back in July of 2012 – that’s a solid 10,000% to 20,000% profit in less than four years, if, of course, someone coughs up that cash…
“I have the official deposit and spot secured via the attached doc/image,” he writes on eBay. “It is for order slot #1 at Buerkle Acura located in Minneapolis where I originally purchased one of the last new 2003 NSX. I cannot confirm, but all indication is that this may very well be the very first paid secured spot for the new 2016/2017 Acura NSX in the country based on the date that I signed this deposit. I also have the email confirmation from the dealership confirming my #1 spot. Both the actual doc (minus the black out security marks) and the email from the dealership will be provided upon the winning bid or buy-now commitment.”
Quick note here, it's definitely not going to be the first production car to land in consumer hands, as Acura itself auctioned off the NSX VIN #1 for charity at the Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale even in January.
According to Acura spokesperson Jessica Fini, there is no such thing as an official cue for orders, though dealers can and have independently accepted deposits for their own allocations.
“I've seen people sell there 'spots' on Craigslist too,” Fini told Carscoops. “There's no official waitlist or cue for NSX orders. All orders start on February 25th. I have heard of dealers starting waiting lists and taking deposits but none of that is officially supported through Acura.”
Fini explained that Acura has given specific NSX allocations to select dealers who meet certain criteria throughout the country. If and just how many deposits dealers may have accepted, remains unknown, as they do it independently from Acura, but any buyer with the least bit of sense would contact the brand’s retailers before even considering to pay anyone for a slot swap – even more so when that someone is asking for half the price of the car… Plus, don't forget that you're not limited to ordering a vehicle from dealers in your specific State, as you're free to shop around the country.
Acura plans to build around 800 NSXs a year at its new dedicated Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, but Fini said that the company can adjust production according to demand.