Challenger-bodied Saturday Night Special Could be Connected to Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Published December 30, 2015

This unique Challenger-bodied Saturday Night Special is heading to auction in January and if the suspected history on this automobile is ever authenticated it could be very valuable. The original test driver for this unique NASCAR prototype may have been the late and great Dale Earnhardt Senior during his rookie years back in the 1970’s. This could possibly be the car that was a huge turning point for him and may have saved his career as a professional driver.


It is rumored that this may have been the car that reestablished Earnhardt’s professional driving career when he was about ready to quit racing for good. This event would have completely changed the history of NASCAR Racing as we know it.

The Chrysler Corporation convinced Dale to become a test car driver that resulted in his continued racing career that almost had a very early ending. He test drove a unique Challenger-bodied prototype for Chrysler and then went on to hone his skills and become one of the greatest NASCAR drivers ever.

It is believed to be possible that this car going up for action at the Mecum’s Kissimee Auction may have been driven by this legionary driver. The Challenger is expected to bring-in approximately forty to eighty thousand dollars at auction. If the buyer is able to establish and authenticate that Dale Earnhardt Sr. indeed was the test driver for this specific Challenger-bodied Saturday Night Special the increase in value would be astronomical.




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