Enthusiasts Dale Earnhardt’s 1996 NASCAR Monte Carlo Sells at Online Charity Auction for $425,000!

17:25  20 may  2020
17:25  20 may  2020 Source:   hotrod.com

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One of the most iconic cars in NASCAR history was offered up for sale and brought big bucks at Barrett-Jackson's 2020 virtual online auction.

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When you think of iconic pieces of racing history, you would hard-pressed to find one more recognized than the black number 3 cars piloted by NASCAR's legendary Dale Earnhardt. Its color fit perfect with his aggressive driving style and "intimidator" moniker. For years this piece of automotive history has been held in the collection of Richard Childress, but that changed when Mr. Childress, of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), decided to auction the car to benefit pandemic-related charities.

a close up of a car © Richard Childress Racing

As Mr. Childress stated, "I've grown my personal collection of memorabilia throughout my career in NASCAR and have especially enjoyed the Dale Earnhardt cars in my collection because they each have such a unique history that bring back priceless memories of my years winning and racing with Dale," said Childress. "I've never parted with an Earnhardt Chevrolet from my collection, but with a global pandemic taking place and people in our communities suffering, it's time to do what I can to help. All proceeds will benefit much-needed causes to fight the devastating effects of COVID-19 on a local and national level."

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a close up of a car: 001-Dale-Earnhardt-3-NASCAR-Monte-Carlo-Sold-Auction-Goodwrench-Childress © Richard Childress Racing 001-Dale-Earnhardt-3-NASCAR-Monte-Carlo-Sold-Auction-Goodwrench-Childress

It's easy to understand the fascination that NASCAR fans, and honestly car people in general, have with Dale Earnhardt. He was 49 when his fatal crash happed in the final lap of the Daytona 500. With seven NASCAR championships over his career, he's actually tied with Richard Petty for the most all-time wins and over his 27-year career with 76 NASCAR Cup Series wins. Google up his name along with "pass in the grass" to see just how badass he was.

a black sign with white letters © Richard Childress Racing

Once Mr. Childress decided to auction the car he needed a venue, and with everything locked down he went to Barrett-Jackson to work the car into their May 2020 online virtual auction. "We're incredibly honored to assist Richard Childress during this crucial time in our nation's history," saidCraig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "Not only is this a rare chance to own an original race car from his NASCAR collection, but it's a chance to come together as Americans and help those who have been affected by COVID-19."

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a red and black motorcycle © Richard Childress Racing

The 1996 Monte Carlo up for sale is chassis number 22 from the RCR shop and was driven by Dale in the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. This car took the green on four different tracks along with the win at Dover International Speedway. Earnhardt never finished worse than fourth with chassis No. 22 in its first three on-track appearances. Powered by a 358-inch NASCAR V-8 backed up by a four-speed manual racing transmission, this tube-frame race car could be run again if the new owner had the desire.

a close up of a red motorcycle © Richard Childress Racing

The car was sold in the no-reserve auction for $425,000 with 100 percent of the sale price going to various COVID-19 relief efforts. That's a lot of cash for a really great cause. The winning bidder got a bit more since the package included an exclusive VIP tour of Richard Childress Racing in Welcome, North Carolina, lunch with Mr. Childress at his vineyards in Lexington, NC, and a personalized case of his wine.

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