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SportDale Earnhardt, Dale Jr. race car collection to be auctioned this weekend

21:40  14 march  2019
21:40  14 march  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

A bunch of Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr. cars are being auctioned, but are they legit?

A bunch of Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr. cars are being auctioned, but are they legit? Classic car auctions bring in thousands of car collectors and enthusiasts to shell out big bucks to buy unique and exotic cars that they can claim as their own. A lot of money is spent buying these cars, and like any investment or big purchase, it’s important to do some due diligence before plunking down a couple hundred grand on a car. Mecum Auctions is auctioning off a collection of street cars and race cars supposedly connected to either Dale Earnhardt or Dale Earnhardt Jr. The street cars include various limited edition Chevrolet pace cars and a Hummer H1 Alpha.

Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jr. race car collection to be auctioned this weekend© Getty Images

If you’re a Dale Earnhardt Sr. or Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan, or if you’re looking for just the right gift for an Earnhardt fan and have, say, a few hundred thousand dollars burning a hole in your checking account, you might want to check out this week’s Mecum Auctions from Glendale, Arizona, which will air on NBCSN.

Three full-fledged race cars formerly driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr., including a championship-clinching ride, will be on the auction block.

In addition, two red and white No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolets driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. when he raced for his father at Dale Earnhardt Inc., will also be up for bid.

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The senior Earnhardt’s cars offered are:

Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jr. race car collection to be auctioned this weekend© Provided by NBC Sports Group

* Considered one of the most famous cars in NASCAR history, the 1994 Chevrolet Lumina that he drove to a runner-up finish at Atlanta that year to clinch his seventh and final Cup championship (expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000). In addition, Earnhardt scored two wins that season in this car, as well as two additional second-place and two more third-place finishes.

* A 1989 Chevrolet Lumina that Earnhardt drove in road course races at Watkins Glen and Sonoma (expected to go for between $75,000 and $125,000). The car is unrestored and carries a 5.8 liter V-8 motor with a 4-speed manual transmission. It also has two race setup sheets included.
* The special orange-colored No. 3 Chevy Monte Carlo that Earnhardt drove to a fourth-place finish in the 1997 Winston Select race at Charlotte (will likely go for between $75,000 and $125,000). The car was actually built in 1993 and contains a 5.8L V-8 motor with a 4-speed manual transmission.

All three of the senior Earnhardt’s cars will be auctioned Saturday.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s two rides up for auction are:

* The No. 8 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that he won the 2004 Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (expected to go for between $125,000 and $175,000). The car is autographed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and has been completely restored, including the original 5.8L V-8 engine, 4-speed transmission, original racing components, seat and headrest.

Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jr. race car collection to be auctioned this weekend© Provided by NBC Sports Group * The No. 8 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that Junior drove in the 2006 race at Watkins Glen (likely to go for between $100,000 and $125,000). Car contains all original components, including 5.8L V-8 engine and 4-speed manual transmission.

Here’s the telecast schedule for the event (all times Eastern):

* LIVE today (March 14) on NBC Sports Gold from 1-7 p.m.

* LIVE Friday (March 15) on NBCSN from 5-6 p.m.

* Same Day Delay Friday (March 15) on NBCSN from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

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* Delayed telecast Monday (March 18) on NBCSN from 6 p.m. – Midnight

* Delayed telecast Tuesday (March 19) on NBCSN from 1-3 a.m.

In addition, several old pace cars and street cars from the Earnhardt Collection will be up for bid as well.

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