If you’re a racing enthusiast of means, and you plan to visit Mecum’s auction event in Kissimmee, Florida next month, you may be able to snag one or more genuine IROC Pontiac Trans Am race cars. A total of five will be up for grabs: four with big names like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, and Tony Stewart attached; and one backup test car that was driven by Sam Hornish at Daytona back in 2003. All five 1996 examples are from the legendary Michael Fux Collection.
IROC – or the International Race of Champions – was a North American racing series that spanned more than three decades, with a focus on oval track racing. All drivers were put in identical cars to place the emphasis on driver skill over mechanical supremacy, and the Pontiac Trans Am – used from 1996 through 2006 – was the fastest, safest, and final design for the IROC series.
That said, it’s not quite the best-looking of all five IROC car designs. That title would probably go to the IROC Chevrolet Camaro, used from 1975 through 1989.
When these five Pontiac Trans Am IROC race cars cross the auction block in January, the first winning bidder will have his or her pick of the litter, and can buy as many of the cars at that price as he or she wants. If there are any left over, bidding for the remaining examples will start from scratch – and so on, and so forth, until all five cars are sold. Four of them are expected to fetch between $40k and $50k apiece, with Mecum anticipating a bit more for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s IROC Trans Am ($50k to $75k).
For more photos and info, visit Mecum.com. The company’s Kissimmee auction event will take place from January 5th through the 14th.