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Friday, December 20, 2013

Daytona 500 Trans Am Parade Car to Go Under the Hammer

2002 Collector's Edition Firebird Trans Am
courtesy of Russo and Steele
Yet another NASCAR-related car in Russo and Steele’s upcoming Scottsdale auction. Not a classic this time (only because it’s not old enough), this 2002 Collector’s Edition Firebird Trans Am is sure to make some collector very happy. First of all, it represents the last year of production. It’s a limited edition, with only 2,390 produced, of which 1,041 were convertibles. The limited edition was the pace car for the 2002 Daytona 500 and according to Russo and Steele, “Unlike most other production cars used as Daytona pace cars in the past requiring extensive modifications to perform their duties, the Collector’s Edition Trans Am required no mechanical upgrades. In fact, the only modifications were special identification decals and a light bar!”

2002 Collector's Edition Firebird Trans Am
courtesy of Russo and Steele
This particular vehicle was one of 43 that were used in the driver introduction laps, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., was the driver who rode in it. He’s signed the window sticker and the driver’s side visor, and Rick Hendrick, for whom he drove, has signed the passenger-side visor. With only 5,700 original miles on it, a Ram Air 5.67-litre V-8, WS-6 performance package, and 17 inch aluminum wheels, this car is begging for a road trip.

How can you go wrong with a sunshine yellow convertible?


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