Some of the more affluent members of Earnhardt Nation will get the chance to own some of the most memorable NASCAR entries Dale Sr. and Dale Jr. ever drove.
During this week’s Mecum Auctions event from Glendale, Arizona, three race-driven Dale Earnhardt Sr. cars out of the Richard Childress Racing stable, including one championship-clinching entry, will be on the auction block alongside two red-and-white No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Inc. machines.
A handful of pace cars and street cars from the "Collection Devoted to Dale Earnhardt" will also be made available.
The Earnhardt Sr. cars include a 1994 Chevrolet Lumina, estimated to fetch $200,000 to $300,000, alongside a 1989 Lumina and a 1997 Monte Carlo estimated between $75,000 and $125,000.
The increased value of the 1994 entry is due to the fact that it’s the car Earnhardt drove to the 1994 Winston Cup Series championship at Rockingham Speedway. He also held off Rick Mast in the closing laps to win the AC Delco 500 in that same race.
The other two cars are not listed as winning cars but do have four-speed manual transmissions and 5.8-liter V8 engines. The 1989 car is a road course car that turned laps at Watkins Glen and Sonoma, while the orange 1997 car is one that he raced in the All-Star Race that season.
The Earnhardt Jr. cars include Chassis No. DEI8022 from the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. This car won the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 14, 2004. This season in general was his best in the Cup Series as he earned six victories.
The car includes a Dale Jr. autograph and is expected to fetch between $125,000 and $175,000.
Chassis No. DEI011 is another car Earnhardt Jr. drove in 2004. It was raced at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 13, 2006. It’s expected to garner $100,000-$125,000.
The street car collection is fascinating too.
The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Earnhardt Edition is just one of 10 cars made in the iconic "Intimidator Trim." The cars were fabricated by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, North Carolina. This car features a highly modified, supercharged V8 with 704 hp. The front splitter has been modified with brackets similar to the NASCAR Car of Tomorrow. The car on the auction block has just 126 miles on it and was listed new for $79,993. It’s expected to draw $40,000-$50,000.
Other street-legal cars: 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition Convertible (No. 198 of 500); 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition Coupe (No. 1 of 234); 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha; 2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS Earnhardt Edition (No. 7 of 83); 2000 Chevrolet Camaro SS Earnhardt Edition; 1996 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Earnhardt Edition (No. 3 of 3); 1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Earnhardt Edition (No. 3 of 7); 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hall of Fame Edition (No. 7 of 10); 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition (16 Miles); 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hall of Fame Edition (No. 10 of 10); and 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha
The auction will air live and on tape delay via NBC Sports:
* LIVE today (March 14) on NBC Sports Gold from 1-7 p.m.
* LIVE Friday (March 15) on NBCSN from 5-6 p.m.
* Same Day Delay Friday (March 15) on NBCSN from 11 p.m.–1 a.m.
* Delayed telecast Monday (March 18) on NBCSN from 6 p.m.–midnight
* Delayed telecast Tuesday (March 19) on NBCSN from 1-3 a.m.
The complete collection can be viewed here.
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