Richard Petty, the legendary NASCAR driver, is 80 and it’s time to purge his stuff.
The winner of five Daytona 500 races and scores of other races, is selling some of his most well-known racing cars trophies and other items May 12 in an auction scheduled at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Petty’s iconic day-glow red and blue 1974 Dodge Charger is among the expected highlights of the auction. Petty, who had 200 career wins, drove the ’74 charger to 31 wins, including his fifth Daytona 500 victory.
A 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Petty drove in 1979 when he won his seventh series championship and a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix he drove during his farewell tour are also set for auction.
A trophy from Petty’s first Southern 500 win in 1967, part of his streak of 10 consecutive wins that year. The collection also includes a leather racing jacket signed by Petty, race programs, license plates, posters, trading cards, plaques and clothing are also up for auction.
The auction will be conducted live and online by Julien’s Auctions. It estimates the value of the ’74 Charger at $400,000 to $600,000 and the 1967 trophy at $100,000 to $200,000
“We’re putting some pretty good stuff out there, some winning Daytona cars, some rings, some watches, some knives,” Petty told the Associated Press. “You name it, we’ve got a little bit of everything. Some of the uniforms, some stuff that really meant something in my career.”
Petty said he has more cars and memorabilia than he can showcase in his museum in Level Cross, North Carolina.
“We feel like we’ve got enough stuff in the museum and none of my kids really want it,” he said. “They’ve got enough of their own junk. So we got together and said hey, let’s throw some stuff out there and see if there are other people interested in some of the stuff we’ve got.”
Registration for the auction can be done in person at the exhibition or online before the sale at Julien’s Auction.com. Visit the registration site for instructions to bid by proxy or in person via JuliensLive.com or phone, 310-836-1818.