Only in the state of Alabama would you find a street-legal Nascar race car. Technically speaking, this particular machine is listed on eBay as originating from the Nascar Nationwide Series (now known as the Xfinity Series), which is one step down from the top dogs who race in the Sprint Cup Series. Confused yet? Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter because it all pretty much boils down to the same thing: a tube-frame race chassis and sheet-metal body dressed with stickers to make it loosely resemble something you’d find at the local dealership.
This particular Nascar racer wears the stickers of a Chevrolet SS, America’s rebadged version of the Holden Commodore muscle sedan from Australia. Ironically enough, you’ll pay twice as much for a new Chevrolet SS as you would for this sweet ride, and since Nascar Nationwide Series cars make around 650bhp, this could be the performance score of the century. Or at least it would have been, if still had its fire-breathing race-prepped V8.
The auction is actually rather weak on information for such a potentially cool car. The powerplant is simply listed as a “Chevrolet fuel injected engine,” and judging by the few photos, appears to be a run-of-the-mill, pickup truck-spec 5.3-litre V8.
Mind you, this is all total speculation, but if that’s the case then horsepower would be around 300. Delivering power to the rear wheels is a T-10 four-speed manual, and if it’s geared to Nascar race-spec (as in extremely tall, like 0-70mph in first gear tall) then this car could be slower than most average sedans. But hey, the photos clearly show big fat Wilwood brakes all the way around, so it can at least stop like a boss.
As for the race-spec gear on the rest of the car, nobody knows. The auction description mentions the car has catalytic converters, mufflers, fully functioning lights and turn signals, a windshield wiper (because that’s so helpful on a car with no side windows) and a passenger seat to take your significant other out for a nice dinner. And since there are no doors to open or close, you don’t even need to worry about being a proper gentleman.
Who knows where to even begin on the legality of driving this on the street, but the seller does claim it’s legally titled in the state of Alabama. There’s certainly some potential for fun with such a machine, but again, with a very notable absence of information in the auction, the fun could be limited to surprising kids working the drive-through window at McDonalds. Still, it appears to be a legit Nascar race car with a license plate, so if it ends up being slow you could always do the obvious: LS swap it and get on with terrorising the neighborhood.