Many motorsports historians consider the years between 1965 and 1971 as the golden age of the Trans Am racing series. This was the height of popularity for the series, which saw the many different muscle and pony cars fielded by the Big Three (plus AMC) competing on the track with each other. These cars turned regular men into driving legends, forever entered into the annals of racing history.
Today, these race cars can be worth big bucks. Over on the Hemmings Auto Blog is a very valuable and very cool 1970 Dodge Challenger Trans Am race car, built and owned by none other than racing legend Dan Gurney. But it won’t come cheap.
This Challenger was developed and built in the All American Racers chassis shop of Gurney before being sent to Ray Caldwell’s Autodynamics Racing fabrication shop. This is just one of two Dodge-backed Challengers sent into the Trans Am racing fray in 1970, piloted in four races, three times by driver Sam Posey. Dodge would pull out of Trans Am racing at the end of the season, and both cars would be sold.
This Challenger continued to race all the way through the 1980s, until classic car restorer Ed Skanes came across it. He restored the Challenger to its former glory, and since then the car has gathered an impressive array of awards, even being displayed at Chrysler’s 2008 SEMA booth.
So, how much will it cost you? A cool $500,000. This car has reached collector status, and it is unlikely to ever be raced again. That’s quite the retirement for this classic race car, but if we dropped a half-million bucks on a race car, we’d have to take it out to the track at least a couple times.