Yunick, Gurney Indy cars join Worldwide’s Scottsdale auction docket

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Gurney, Yunick Indy cars join Worldwide’s Scottsdale auction docket
Smokey Yunick campaigned this AAR Eagle Indy car built by Dan Gurney's team | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

Not only has Worldwide Auctioneers landed two Indy cars for its January auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, but they are cars that were raced or built by Smokey Yunick and Dan Gurney. Both cars posted top-6 finishes in the Indianapolis 500.

Yunick’s first Indy car, a 1957 Kurtis Kraft 500G roadster, was driven to a fifth-place finish by Andy Linden in its debut year and was entered in 1958 with Paul Goldsmith in the cockpit.

Gurney, Yunick Indy cars join Worldwide’s Scottsdale auction docket
Smokey Yunick took this roadster to Indy twice

“As an AACA Senior First Place Award winner with racecar certification and multiple appearances at feted events like the 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the car is an out-and-out crowd pleaser with huge presence, offered in top operating and show condition,” Rod Egan of Worldwide said in a news release.

Also on the docket is a Gurney-built 1969 All American Racers Eagle, the only one of four such cars sold to a customer — Yunick — instead of raced by Gurney’s own team. The car finished sixth in the Indy 500 with Joe Leonard driving. Yunick kept the car for more than 30 years. It was later restored by a team that included A.J. Watson and participated in the Festival of Speed at Goodwood in 2008, Worldwide said.

The Scottsdale auction is scheduled for January 17, 2018.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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