Bidding soared to $3.5 million on Saturday for a 1970 Plymouth Superbird that Richard Petty raced in NASCAR and is billed by its present owner as the most famous in U.S. racing history.
The winged No. 43 car is the main attraction among 43 cars owned by longtime collector Todd Werner that are being auctioned at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, according to the auctioneer, Mecum Auctions.
âRestored by Pettyâs Garage and signed by Richard himself, this may be the most famous Superbird of all and the most notable car residing in the Werner collection,â according to the Mecum Auctions website.
âThis is the single most recognized automobile in American racing history,â according to the auctioneer.
The car, with its Petty Enterprises 426 Hemi V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission and ârareâ Rare Petty blue paint, was built to lure âThe Kingâ back to Plymouth, according to the site.
The site lists no estimated value for the car, asking potential bidders to call for an estimate.
Werner told Fox News the car could sell for at least several million dollars.
Bidding was ongoing at 7 p.m. Saturday, according to the Mecum Auctions website.
Pettyâs 1971 Plymouth Road Runner in which he won that yearâs NASCAR Grand National Championship sold at the auction for $412,500.
That was a bargain given its estimated value of $1 million to $1.5 million, according to the auction website.
Mecum Auctions is a national car auctioneer that made headlines in March when NASCAR team owner Richard Childress said a Dale Earnhardt Sr. race car up for auction in Phoenix that month was not the original, The Charlotte Observer reported at the time. After Childress complained, the car never sold, according to the auctioneerâs site.
On its website, Mecum issues a disclaimer that âinformation found on the website is presented as advance information for the auction lot. Photos, materials for videos, descriptions and other information are provided by the consignor/seller and is deemed reliable, but Mecum Auction does not verify, warrant or guarantee this information.
âThe decision to purchase should be based solely on the buyers personal inspection of the lot at the auction site prior to the auction.â