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January 7, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

Benny Parson’s NASCAR Championship Winning Car Seeks New Home

While it may seem like the automotive world has already shifted its gaze out west to Scottsdale and the upcoming auctions there, the world’s largest car auction is happening right now in Kissimmee, Florida.

The annual Mecum auction spans 10 days and brings out a variety of cars from supercars to vintage racers like this 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle. Run by Benny Parsons in the 1973 NASCAR Cup Series Benny would pilot the car to a short track victory at Bristol en route to 21 top 15 finished and the eventual season championship.

Since earning the championship, the 72 car underwent restoration by Tex Powell who was an original team member for the car’s DeWitt Racing team. Adding additional period correct know how to the car was GM’s Research and Development group who assisted on rebuilding the exact period correct 427 engine. Other elements such as the original gas cap and era appropriate exhaust along with the original seat reupholstered by the same man who originally upholstered it add to the cars authenticity.

This nod to stock car racing’s past will cross the block in race ready condition in Florida where it is predicted to fetch between $125,000 – $150,000.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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