Custom Mustang race car on the block for charity at Barrett-Jackson
Lot 3003 at this year's Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction has special meaning for Rusty Wallace. After all, the purpose-built Ford Mustang is one of the cleanest, most powerful cars to ever roll out of his shop.
"I went nuts on this car. It's just an absolute monster."
But the extra sentimental value for Wallace comes from the good cause that will benefit when the 800-horsepower beast is gaveled away Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Proceeds from the auction of the NASCAR-style racer will benefit The NASCAR Foundation, a cause dear to Wallace's heart. The 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee serves on the foundation's board of directors and jumped at the chance to assist in its latest fundraising initiative.
"NASCAR and Barrett-Jackson are all about cars, so it was just a natural fit when we came up with special ideas," Wallace said. "(The foundation) has never done this before, but it all made sense to make this happen. We've got our fingers crossed and are happy to have it as a featured car on SPEED. It's something I'm extremely proud of."
As for the car itself, nearly 3,000 hours of construction time went into what Wallace called a "mammoth effort." A durable 358-cubic inch Doug Yates engine, hand-made Billet Specialties wheels and an ice-blue Sherwin Williams paint job are just a handful of the many custom features.
"I went nuts on this car. It's just an absolute monster," said Wallace, who will be making his fourth visit to the Arizona festival. "If I took this car out to Watkins Glen right now, I guarantee I'd be on the pole. Every component on this car is tricked out."
Wallace's entry isn't the only NASCAR-related lot among the 1,359 items scheduled to cross the block during the six-day Barrett-Jackson auction, which starts Tuesday.
A 2006 Chevrolet driven to two Sprint Cup wins by Jeff Gordon will be auctioned with a custom street-legal Monte Carlo with proceeds heading to AARP Drive to End Hunger.
Former NASCAR team owner and current ESPN broadcaster Ray Evernham will bring a street-legal 1964 Plymouth Belvedere with race-used NASCAR underpinnings.
A custom 2011 Toyota Tundra redone with a vintage-look patina by Clint Bowyer will also be auctioned off at no reserve.