Richard Petty, now 83, is a man who knows how to drive. With hundreds of race wins under his belt over a 34-year professional career, Petty set a lot of records. Among them, the first driver to win the NASCAR Cup Championship as well as the Daytona 500 seven times each. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 as one of the sport’s most acclaimed racers.
But something Petty-related that many folks don’t know is that Pontiac made a special edition of the Grand Prix coupe specifically to commemorate his retirement in 1992. The Pick of the Day is a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix Richard Petty Edition coupe that’s been driven just 524 miles, advertised by an O’Fallon, Illinois, dealer on ClassicCars.com.
The Richard Petty Edition, limited to only 1,000 cars, was available in red, white or blue and came with a handful of upgrades that set it apart from the run-of-the-mill Grand Prix. A badge with Petty’s signature was just the beginning; this Grand Prix also came with unique ground effects, a spoiler and a button-activated feature that allowed the automatic transmission to start in second gear. A five-speed manual was also available for the Richard Petty Edition.
The fifth-generation Grand Prix is referred to as the W-body. It lived from 1988 through 1996 in both coupe and sedan form, and it came with a variety of engine configurations. Powering this Grand Prix is a 3.4-liter quad-cam V6 that produces 210 horsepower, which at the time were good numbers for an everyday sports coupe – good enough that Petty signed his name to it.
In fact, the dashboard of this Pontiac has Petty’s actual signature, right next to a “fan appreciation tour” badge. The coupe also has perhaps one of the oddest accessories to be offered with any collector car: a Petty-signed race tire in its trunk.
While specific production numbers of Petty Edition Grand Prix in the various colors and configurations are not published, it’s safe to say that any 28-year-old collector car with just 524 miles on it is an exceedingly rare find – let alone with this kind of celebrity tie-in.
The dealer is asking $21,500 for this piece of race history. NASCAR fans should have plenty to get excited about here.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.