Richard Petty's old Plymouth is a slice of history well worth the $750,000 price

Here's our chance to buy a title-winning race car

Richard Petty is the most successful NASCAR driver of all time, with 7 championships and over 200 victories to his name. Considering his taste for cars and his legend status, his vehicles are always sought after in the pre-owned market. This gorgeous Plymouth Road Runner, for example, is currently available for sale at auction through Mecum.

This title-winning Road Runner was driven by Richard Petty to victory at the 1971 Grand National and it was actually the last ever car to win a NASCAR Grand National championship with a production-based engine, and a production-based body. Petty won a combined 19 races at the wheel of the Plymouth you see here, with no. 43 of course. And that's not even the whole story because it was also one of the rare cars that visited the White House that year by presidential invitation. It's basically a celebrity in its own right.

It's powered by a NASCAR-tuned HEMI 426 CI engine, paired with a 4-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter, and inside you'll find a single race seat upholstered in houndstooth fabric and Petty's peace-sign on the headrest and a customized dashboard. It looks amazing, with the blocked-off headlight and taillight openings, the mesh grille and 15-inch racing wheels made from steel.

This particular 1971 Plymouth Road Runner is scheduled to hit the auction block on July 10-18 at Mecum's Indy 2020 and according to Mecum, the car should fetch anywhere between $500,000 and $750,000.

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Comments (16)

  • It has this stance of “I’m going to kick your ass, and you’ll like it.”

      2 days ago
  • Is that the blue car from cars? Because it kinda looks like this one

      2 days ago
  • Race car interiors look downright plush these days when compared to this spartan tin can. Can you imagine how hot that thing was over 500 miles at Daytona for instance? Many of that eras drivers wore all kinds of different heat shields on their shoes. Those ole boys were tough.

      1 day ago
  • Amazing

      2 days ago
  • is this the car that had 2000 hp in Fate of the Furious?

      1 day ago
    • It’s the same body style. But the one in the film was a Plymouth GTX which was basically the top trim level for the Roadrunner. Which was in turn the muscle car version of the base Plymouth Satellite. The Roadrunner was designed to be a fast and...

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        1 day ago
    • Thanks for the explanation! I recognize the roadrunner in Fast 7.

        1 day ago
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