Lot 396

Dare to Dream Collection

1996 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR 'Dale Jarrett'


$50,000 - $80,000 USD  | Offered Without Reserve

Canada | Toronto, Ontario



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To be offered on Saturday, 1 June 2024
  • Dale Jarrett’s 1996 Daytona 500-winning car
  • A remarkable time capsule, preserved in as-raced condition
  • An exhibit at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama for over 15 years
Please note, this lot is located in Canada and import duty will be applicable to all countries outside of Canada, including the United States. RM Sotheby’s will be available to assist buyers with importation to the United States.

Part of the second generation of the Jarrett racing family, Dale Jarret is the son of two-time Grand National Champion and beloved broadcaster “Gentleman” Ned Jarret. Dale entered his first Winston Cup Series race at Martinsville in 1984 and would achieve his first victory in the series at Michigan in 1991. Remarkably, his second win would take place at the biggest race of them all, the 1993 Daytona 500, and thus began the momentum of what would become a hall-of-fame career. Dale and Ned would eventually become the second father-and-son duo to become national champions after Dale sat atop the points table in 1999.

Starting the 1996 Daytona 500 on the inside of the fourth row, Dale Jarrett would face off against stiff competition at the front of the field which included Dale Earnhardt, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, and Jeff Gordon. After the caution came out at lap 160 for a seven-car incident at the tri-oval, the final run to the checkered flag turned into a familiar scene for NASCAR fans of 1990s. “The Dale & Dale show,” as the broadcast crews affectionally called it, saw Jarrett and Earnhardt battle for every inch of the racetrack. Looking to pick up track position, the #3 car fitted only two tires for his final pit stop, which would prove to be a strategic error. Jarrett, with a set of four fresh Goodyears, maintained a traction advantage that allowed him to hold off Richard Childress’ hard charger. When the flag dropped on lap 200, Dale Jarrett became a two-time Daytona 500 champion.

On an episode of Legendary Motorcars, team owner Robert Yates confirms that after pulling into victory lane and then passing tech inspection, the car was sent to be put on display at the Victory Lane exhibit in Daytona for a year. The Thunderbird would then spend the next 15 years at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama before being sold to the Dare to Dream Collection in 2015. Due to these circumstances, Yates further adds the state of the car to be “untouched.” This status is further revealed by the markings on the tires, front quarter damage from a bird strike, and worn paint from the Daytona grit impacting at 190 mph.

The sale of this of this incredible NASCAR represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire an incredibly well-preserved Daytona 500-winner raced by one of the sport’s greatest champions.