Ever dreamt of owning a real NASCAR stock car? Now's your chance.
NASCAR has a dedicated following in America, so you can imagine some of its hardcore fans dreaming about owning one of the actual stock cars that competed in the series. Well, that dream is about to come true for one car collector, because a stock car-spec Toyota Camry driven by Brian Vickers is going up for auction in Indiana this weekend. Vickers first entered the #83 Red Bull Camry in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, where he finished the season in 19th place overall.
During the season, he achieved a 14th place finish at Sonoma and an 18th place finish at Watkins Glen. That may not sound particularly impressive, but the Red Bull team was renowned for having fast, well-prepared machines, amassing three top-five finishes and eight top-ten finishes during the 2008 season. The iconic livery was eventually retired in 2012. This retired race car is notable for being built under the 'Car of Tomorrow' regulations following the 2007 season, and is packed with a 5.86-liter pushrod V8 sending a monstrous 700 horsepower to all four wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox – and that's without the restrictor plate.
The body shape built to meet the regulations is no longer legal and the distinctive rear wing has since been eliminated, adding to its rarity. After retiring from the racetrack in 2012, the Camry was sold to a private collector and was restored to its former glory by Gene Felton Racing to participate in vintage racing events like Goodwood. It isn't street legal, but the suspension and transmission is set up for road courses. Auctions America estimates it will sell for around $30,000 - $35,000, which isn't exactly extortionate for an authentic stock car racer. For comparison, a stock Toyota Camry road car will set you back around $24,000. We know which we'd rather have.