BLAST FROM THE PAST: Check Out How Much Dale Earnhardt Sr’s Car Just Sold For

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A Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet campaigned by the late Dale Earnhardt sold Saturday for $220,000, including 10 percent buyer’s premium, at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector-Car Auction.

The familiar black No. 3 Chevrolet Lumina was raced by Earnhardt in 1989 and ’90, according to the auction listing. It was driven by Earnhardt to one of his nine victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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In 1990, Earnhardt won nine races and the fourth of his seven championships in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

 

Authentic Richard Childress Racing serial #5, with a Chevy Lumina body, sponsored by Goodwrench and raced by Dale Earnhardt.

This NASCAR Cup Car comes with supporting documentation from Crew Chief Kirk Shelmerdine, who personally inspected the car and found it to be 100% true as raced by Dale Earnhardt.

This car was raced by Earnhardt in 1989 and 1990. The car was originally built as a Monte Carlo Aerocoupe and was sponsored by Wrangler, then in 1990 changed to one of the first Goodwrench-sponsored Lumina Aerocoupes.

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As documented, this car was the Atlanta race winner and 500-mile record-holder. It was the last win by one of the original RCR rear-steer cars.

The current owner purchased the car seven years ago. It has not been restored in any way since. The fluids, fuel, etc., have been replaced; receipts included. A new, smaller carburetor has been added for ease of operation. The original Holley carburetor, from when the car was purchased, comes as property with the car.

The car has only been used in charity and promotional events, and one car show. It won the Lake Mirror Classic for best Historic Race Car. The car has been cared for and kept in a climate-controlled collection.

A little history on the legendary Champion-

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001), known professionally as Dale Earnhardt, was an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. The third child of racing driver Ralph Earnhardt and first of two to Martha Coleman, he began his career in 1975 in the World 600 as part of the Winston Cup Series.

Regarded as one of the most significant drivers in NASCAR history, Earnhardt won a total of 76 Winston Cup races over the course of his career, including the 1998 Daytona 500. He also earned seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships, tying for the most all-time with Richard Petty. This feat, accomplished in 1994, would not be equaled again for 22 years until Jimmie Johnson in 2016. His aggressive driving style earned him the nickname “The Intimidator“.

In February 2001, Earnhardt died instantly of injuries sustained after he collided with Ken Schrader and crashed his car in the final lap of the Daytona 500 – an unexpected event that was widely lamented in the racing industry. Earnhardt has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural class in 2010.

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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector-Car Auction

Tom Jensen at Fox Sports

Wikipedia

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