You Can Buy a Street-Legal NASCAR Race Car This Weekend

There aren’t many things cooler than race cars, but some variants are cooler than others. Safe race cars? Cooler than unsafe race cars. Open-wheel race cars versus race cars with fenders around their wheels? That’s a personal choice. Former race cars that have been made street legal? The coolest of them all.

Barrett-Jackson has a 2003 NASCAR race car heading to its Palm Beach auction this weekend, alongside a 1977 Dale Earnhardt Sr. car that a representative for the auction house assured Jalopnik is actually the real thing. Jalopnik has asked Barrett-Jackson for details about the street-legal car that aren’t in the auction listing, like whether it regularly raced or was just a show or backup car, whose race car it was, and how it got to a private owner for its street-legal conversion. We’ll update this story if we hear back.

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Image: Barrett-Jackson

What we do know—at least, according to the listing—is that this car was once a Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet with a V8 engine and a four-speed manual transmission. The listing says the Chevy body was replaced with a steel Ford one at some point, but remains on the Gibbs chassis.

The 2003 car then went to Ohio shop Magic Customs for a conversion to become street legal, and has driven 1,600 miles since it was finished, the listing said. (Barrett-Jackson didn’t list when it was finished.)

Here are some more details, from the listing:

This wasn’t an easy task, but after thousands of dollars and hours invested, that goal was accomplished. [...] The body is extremely straight and was finished to simulate the #88 UPS car driven by NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett. [...]

Many exterior modifications were made to make it street legal, including LED headlights, taillights, parking lights, reverse lights and blinkers. A front glass windshield with wiper and mirrors were also added. [...] The painted interior was tastefully done and well-organized for easy operation. The cage was modified to fit the passenger seat.

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Just like your local Craigslist ad, the listing makes sure to note that the V8 under the hood “runs excellent.” Nothing to fret with this one, folks.

Image: Barrett-Jackson
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But no matter how well any car like this one might or might not work, it’s a street-legal race car, in the most theatrical of ways—covered in sponsor logos of years past. And, really, that’s all anyone ever truly needs in this life.

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