Lot 384

Dare to Dream Collection

1988 Buick Reatta NHRA Funny Car 'Kenny Bernstein'


$60,000 - $80,000 USD  | Offered Without Reserve

Canada | Toronto, Ontario



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To be offered on Saturday, 1 June 2024
  • In the style of Kenny Bernstein’s final Funny Car championship-winner
  • Featuring iconic “Budweiser King” livery
  • A unique addition to any collection
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.

Nicknamed the “King of Speed,” Kenny Bernstein is an American drag racing legend who began his professional pursuit of speed in 1978 behind the wheel of a NHRA Funny Car. Over the course of his illustrious career, he was crowned champion in the Funny Car class four consecutive times between 1985 and 1988 and twice in the Top Fuel class in 1996 and 2001—and this is on top of his many racing and speed records, as well as his ownership of both NASCAR and Indycar teams!

The vehicle on offer is a 1988 NHRA Buick Reatta Funny Car. This style of drag racer was campaigned by Bernstein in his final champion season before he jumped up to the Top Fuel category for 1989. The chassis is fitted with a non-running engine, and the bodywork features Bernstein’s iconic “Budweiser King” livery. A bill of sale on file confirms the Dare to Dream Collection acquired the racer in 2013.

Hailing from the “King of Speed’s” final championship-winning funny car year, the sale of this dragster presents as unique opportunity to acquire a piece of racing history. As offered today, it is an eye-catching addition to any garage or collection, particularly one with a motorsports focus.