Old Jeff Gordon car – a Ford – to cross block at Barrett-Jackson

Jeff Gordon earned his first-ever NASCAR victory in this car in 1992.

Jeff Gordon’s name will forever be linked with Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet, and rightly so: Each of his four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and all of his 93 Cup race victories came behind the wheel of Hendrick Chevrolets.

But before Gordon made it to the Cup level, he spent two years driving Ford Thunderbirds for Bill Davis in what is now known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series. And one of those cars will be up for sale at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona later this month.

Here’s the catalog description of the car Gordon used to race: "Jeff Gordon’s original restored Baby Ruth ’92 T-Bird Busch Grand National car. Jeff earned his first-ever NASCAR victory in this car in 1992, winning three races – his first in Atlanta and two in Charlotte. Restoration was done by the original car builder, Billy Hess, and the engine by Keith Simmons. The entire restoration project was done under the watchful eye of Ray Evernham."

The T-Bird will sell on Friday, Jan. 29. It is listed as a no-reserve car, meaning it will sell to the highest bidder, no matter what the winning bid is.