Dale Earnhardt’s 1977 Chevrolet Nova Sold at Auction

Any true NASCAR fan knows that Dale Earnhardt was one of the greatest racers of his time. Even people who don’t know much about car racing recognize his name and probably remember his tragic death from a racing accident in 2001. One lucky bidder was recently able to secure a piece of this man’s legendary career at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction in April.

Dale Earnhardt’s 1977 Chevrolet Nova sold for $209,000. It is interesting to note that just a month before this auction, the same car sold for just $53,000 at a Bonham auction at Amelia Island.

While this car may not have worn his famous No. 3, it was the origin of his signature black-and-silver Goodwrench paint scheme. This car started its life as a Pontiac Ventura. Earnhardt and his brother-in-law Robert Gee, Jr. converted it to a Chevrolet Nova.

This impressive car was powered by a 358 NASCAR V8 rated around 700 horsepower. It also had rear-wheel drive a four-speed manual transmission. While the car is not considered street legal, it has been making track and other special appearance since the 1990s. It was driven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2009 and at the Rolex Monterey Sports Reunion in 2012.

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