The big seller was a 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Penske Racing No. 2 Dodge Charger driven by Brad Keselowski last year as he drove to his first Cup championship. Donated by team owner Roger Penske, the car sold for $500,000 with all proceeds going to benefit the NASCAR Foundation, which involves itself in a variety of charitable efforts for children in need.
NASCAR President Mike Helton, himself an avid collector, was on hand to sell the car, along with NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace. Helton is also president of the NASCAR Foundation and Wallace is a board member for the non-profit.
“It’s a huge opportunity for the NASCAR Foundation,” Helton said of the Barrett-Jackson sale in an exclusive interview with FOXSports.com
Helton noted that the NASCAR Foundation is one of many charitable efforts in the NASCAR community.
“NASCAR in general is proud of the whole industry,” said Helton. “There’s so many great efforts going on by car owners and drivers and track operators. The NASCAR Foundation is one of many but it’s one, certainly, we have a great deal of interest in doing the right thing with. The Barrett-Jackson folks are great — a community minded organization that helps us do this.”
Helton called the sale “very humbling and rewarding … we’re very thankful to have the opportunity to bring this car in.”
Prior to the Penske Dodge sale, a Dan Gurney Signature Edition 2008 Saleen Ford Mustang GT fastback with fewer than 350 actual miles was auctioned off for $180,000 with all proceeds going to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for pediatric cancer. Hatcher died in 2006 when he was just nine weeks old. “Our loss birthed a mission to save thousands of others,” said Hatcher’s mother, Amy Jo Osborne.
More vehicles to cross the auction block:
SCREAMING CHICKEN — Muscle-car expert Steve Magnante said that disco era Pontiac Firebirds were bringing big money and he wasn’t kidding. It takes $110,000 to buy this 1974 Firebird Super Duty Trans Am (Lot 7001), one of 943 built.
Although it has a matching numbers engine block, it has some aftermarket touches like headers and a high-performance suspension upgrade. Strong money, strong car.
NICE NASH — OK, when did you last see a 1940 Nash Deluxe Lafayette Custom Convertible? Well, here’s one (Lot 445) that received what can best be described as an extreme — and extremely tasteful — makeover. This one had all the goodies, which is why it sold for $82,500 with buyer’s premium. Among the features are a House of Kolors Kandy Red base-and-black-with-silver-flames paint job, new GM ZZ4 crate motor with 700R4 automatic transmission, Vintage Air and 16″ and 18″ Budnick wheels wrapped with Toyo rubber.
COLOR OF MONEY — This orange 1969 Camaro Z/28 (Lot 431) was an absolute eye-catcher. In fact, it was a real rarity, a z/28 with an RS package and a numbers-matching engine. This one was restored in 2006 and well-preserved since. Its sale price of $110,000 made it the priciest non-charity car so far. And for a 32,000-mile car with so many original parts, it certainly represented a smart buy for the new owner.
PONY UP — Ford Mustangs are always popular, and a 1969 428 Cobra Jet R Code Mustang (Ironically, Lot 428) hammered for $75,000. What was amazing about this ‘Stang is it was a former rust bucket rescued from the ravages of time and given an extensive restoration. In addition to the powerful R code motor, it comes with a shaker hood and an automatic transmission. Less than 68,000 original miles on this car and less than 1,100 since it was rebuilt. Great colors, too: Royal Maroon over a black interior.
POST-WAR PANACHE — Just imagine being a young soldier, not far removed from World War II and coming up a 1948 Buick Roadmaster convertible (Lot 418), which sold for $67,100. The cool thing about this? The awful Buick period automatic transmission was replaced with a modern GM Turbo 400 automatic, which greatly improves drivability and enjoyment. This Roadmaster positively oozed style and would look great in a film noir mystery.
TRUCKIN’ — The top money for a non-charity car so far is this wild 1949 Chevrolet 3100 custom pickup truck (Lot 391), which crosses the block for a hefty hammer price of $80,000. And why not? This was an exceptional build, with a General Motors 454-cubic-inch big block engine. It features shaved door handles, molded-in turn signal and brake lights, widened rear fenders smooth running boards, customized bed, front and rear roll panels, beveled windshield and one-piece door glass. Trick Cinnamon-Bronze metallic paint with metallic gold frame and drivetrain, gave it a great look, as did the interior in tan leather and tweed.
PRETTY IN PINK — What an amazing looking car, a 1956 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman (Lot 346) trimmed out in Iridescent Grey and Shell Pink, a classic color combination if there ever was one. And, yeah, this thing’s got a Hemi under the hood. A lovingly restored car out of a Texas collection, this a great relic of the Eisenhower Era and it sold for $62,700 with buyer’s commission, making it the high seller up to that point. Documentation included: Build Sheet, letter from Chrysler Historical Society, original buyer’s contract and owner’s manual.
PSEUDO SNAKE — Real 1967 Shelby GT500s have been known to sell well into the six-figure range. So it makes sense that a car that began life has a regular Ford Mustang but was painstakingly converted to Shelby specs would fetch solid money, which this one (lot 327.1) was. The detail is excellent on this car, which was sold as a Ford Mustang custom, but looks for all the world exactly like a Shelby GT500. Thus, the $57,500 sale price seemed spot on.
OUT IN FRONT — If you wanted a piece of NASCAR Sprint Cup history for not much money, this 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 (Lot 314) was the car to have. An actual Sprint Cup pace car, it led the field at the 1998 Primestar 500 the ’99 Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway; the 1997 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1998 and ’99; New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 1997; Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1997 and ’98; and Phoenix International Raceway in 1998. That’s a lot of laps for this Chevy, yet it sold for the bargain-basement price of $9,900 with 10 percent buyer’s premium included.Auction, Barrett-Jackson, Cars