One of the most intriguing cars at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach is a 1956 Pontiac that pays stylistic homage to NASCAR Hall of Fame member Cotton Owens. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

One of the most intriguing at Palm Beach is a 1956 Pontiac that pays stylistic homage to NASCAR Hall of Fame member Cotton Owens. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

For old-school NASCAR fans, there are some cool connections at the 12th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction.

One of the most intriguing is a 1956 Pontiac that pays stylistic homage to NASCAR Hall of Fame member Cotton Owens. It’s fitting timing, given that Owens was from South Carolina and the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series is racing at Darlington Raceway this weekend.

Here’s the complete catalog description of the car:

Recently out of a private collection is this 1956 Pontiac Chieftain “Cotton Owens” No. 286 “Stephens Pontiac” NASCAR re-creation. This is a completely street legal 1956 Pontiac Chieftain lettered up like the old Stephens Pontiac race car driven by the legendary NASCAR driver Cotton Owens on the beach at Daytona in 1956.

This car runs and drive fantastic: 65,000 original miles, ready to cruise, show or drive cross country. Original 316cid engine under the hood, wide steel wheels, distinctive lettering and style of a bygone era of NASCAR racing on the sand at Daytona Beach. Recently serviced and ready for its new owner. NO RESERVE.

And there’s also a very interesting 1940 Ford car hauler trimmed up in NASCAR livery. The seller states it has just 11,000 miles.

This 1940 Ford car hauler trimmed up in NASCAR livery is up for auction at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This 1940 Ford car hauler trimmed up in NASCAR livery is set for auction at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

National Geographic Channel, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 are set for 21 hours of live and same-day coverage from this year’s 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction. The multi-platform, interactive broadcast begins Friday, April 11 at noon PM ET on FOX Sports 2, continuing on FOX Sports 1 at 3 p.m. ET. National Geographic Channel provides eight hours of coverage on Saturday, April 12 (noon ET), with FOX Sports 1 culminating the weekend on Sunday, April 13 (5:30 p.m. ET).

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