Dale Earnhardt is regarded as one of the most significant drivers in NASCAR history. Over the course of his career, he won 76 Winston Cup races, seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships.
His aggressive driving style earned him the nicknames “The Intimidator,” “The Man in Black,” and “The Count of Monte Carlo.” Also, his success at the restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega earned him the nickname, “Mr. Restrictor Plate.” Part of his notoriety is his untimely death, which occurred instantly during a collision on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in February 2001.
During the Mecum’s Phoenix auction, affluent members of “Earnhardt Nation” were able to bid on some of the most memorable NASCAR vehicles Dale Sr. and Dale Jr. ever drove.
Among the offerings are three race-driven Dale Earnhardt Sr. cars out of the Richard Childress Racing stable, including one championship-clinching entry, in addition to two red-and-white No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Inc. machines.
The Earnhardt Sr. cars include a 1994 Chevrolet Lumina, a 1989 Lumina and a 1997 Monte Carlo.
1994 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR
Earnhardt drove Chassis No. 9309, a 1994 Chevrolet Lumina, in the 1994 Winston Cup Series championship at Rockingham Speedway. Contributing to its provenance and solidifying it as one of the most famous cars in the history of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt clinched his 7th NASCAR Winston Cup championship in this car and finished second at the 1994 Hooters 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, earning enough points to capture his 7th title, matching the record of Richard Petty.
This car was campaigned by Richard Childress Racing where it started in 15 events across 3 seasons. Dale Earnhardt scored two NASCAR Cup wins in this car and garnered two 2nd place finishes and two 3rd place finishes in this car.
It has been restored to a race-ready condition and was previously part of the renowned Joe MacPherson Collection. The car is seen in its Black No. 3 GM Goodwrench livery. Its powered by a 358/750 HP pushrod OHV V-8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor hooked to a 4-speed manual transmission. It has independent front suspension and a live rear axle with coil springs and 4-wheel disc brakes.
Sold on a Bill of Sale, its new owener will receive a copy of RSR event log.
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 an unrestored 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.
Chassis No. DEI011 is another car Earnhardt Jr. drove in 2004. It was raced at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 13, 2006.
2008 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition Convertible + Coupe
Other cars within the collection include a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition Convertible and Coupe.
The convertible has just 7 miles and is one of 266 Convertible Pace Car Editions produced in 2008. Additionally, it is No. 198 of 500 total Pace Car Editions built in 2008.
It is seen in a special Black and Silver design to honor the original 1978 Corvette Pace Car with green accents and Indianapolis 500 livery. Inside are two-tone Black and Titanium heated leather seats with Indy 500 headrest embroidery.
The coupe also has just 7 miles and is one of just 234 Coupe Pace Car Editions produced in 2008. Like the convertible, it also has a special Black and Silver design to honor the original 1978 Corvette Pace Car with Green accents and Indianapolis 500 livery.
2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS Earnhardt Edition
This 2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS is the seventh Earnhardt Edition produced of the 83 total cars built. According to the docket, the no. 7 denotes Dale Earnhardt’s seven NASCAR Cup Championships, adding to its provenance is that it is one of 33 with Dale Earnhardt’s signature. It was one of the last projects that Dale Earnhardt was involved in before his death
The docket states this car was ordered new by Bergen Chevrolet of Grand Rapids, Michigan and built by GMMG of Marietta, Georgia – its was GMMG build no. 11009 as well.
This Camaro is powered by a 5.7L LS1 V-8 engine hooked to a 6-speed manual transmission with chambered exhaust, custom wheel and tire package, plus it is seen with an Onyx Black exterior with Black Intimidator SS interior.
2000 Chevrolet Camaro SS Earnhardt Edition
Also in the collection is this 2000 Chevrolet Camaro SS Earnhardt Edition. Offered with only 189 miles, this car was sold new at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, North Carolina. It’s powered by a 5.7-liter, 320 horsepower LS1 V88 engine hooked to an automatic transmission. It features a Black Intimidator exterior with contrasting Red trim and Black Intimidator SS interior with checkered flag motif.
Other highlights include a 6-way power driver’s seat, power steering, power brakes, power windows, air conditioning, and chrome wheels.
Other cars offered as part of the collection include a 1995-, 1996-, Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Earnhardt Edition, 2010 and 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hall of Fame and Earnhardt Edition, respectively; three 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Pace cars, and a 1978 Corvette pace car.