The 358 cubic inch V8 engine in Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports-built Monte Carlo produces an astounding 830 horsepower. It has the basic appearance of a Chevy Monte Carlo if you ignore the collage of sponsor stickers, but in reality it is a tube-steel chassis connected to a massive V8 that delivers more power to the back wheels than some supercars. It’s not quite a “stock” automobile.
Jeff Gordon’s Chevrolet SS stock car sold at auction for $212,800 the year before. Because Hendrick Motorsport refurbished the vehicle and included a race suit, the bidder might at least appear to be a legitimate NASCAR racer. The fact that it was Gordon’s final race car before his retirement may have contributed to the higher price. This most recent instance also made the claim that it was the first one offered for sale following the racer’s retirement.
RM Sotheby’s $108,000 is expensive for stock cars from retired NASCAR. Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr. vehicles, both racing monsters, only fetched $105,000 and $63,000, respectively, on Bring a Trailer. If you’ve ever desired an authentic Jeff Gordon car that had a bad encounter with a wall, RM Sotheby’s held an auction for one of these vehicles in 2009. This automobile cost $7,700.
It’s not difficult to understand why the price matched the provenance for Jeff Gordon’s car because it sits at the nexus of popular culture and racing history.