Benny Parsons' NASCAR championship winning Chevrolet up for grabs

Benny Parsons won the 1973 NASCAR Cup Series is dramatic fashion with this #72 Chevrolet Chevelle. This V8 wielding piece of history is heading to auction

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NASCAR isn’t so much a motorsport in America, as it is a religion. These events attract some of the fastest and closest racing in the world with millions spectating. The late Benny Parsons might be best known to modern-day fans as an iconic commentator, but he was a real contender back in his NASCAR racing days. His championship winning 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle has just come up fro auction with Mecum Auctions.

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Parsons won the Cup Series in 1973 with this very car after a dramatic season finale. He had been leading in the points thanks to a win at Bristol and 21 top 15 finishes, but a huge crash at the last race all but destroyed his car. Dragged back to the pits by a truck, his Chevelle was missing a chunk of bodywork. However, instead of accepting that the championship was lost, a team of mechanics feverishly started welding and fabricating parts from spares hanging around the garage. #72 rejoined the field, not in a position to win, but in good enough health to clock the required laps that granted Parsons the title. What a story with Parsons becoming the only driver to win both the ARCA and NASCAR Cup Series title in the same year.

The car was recently restored in arguably the most authentic of manors. Tex Powell and other crew members from that fabled night got together to fix it up using only the tools available to them in 1973. Once again capable of setting championship-winning lap times, this Chevrolet is a living piece of motorsport history. It even features a 427ci engine rebuilt by GM's Research and Development group. How’s that for a seal of approval? Other touches such as a period correct exhaust system and the original driver’s seat only add to the historical value of this car.

If you want to get your hands on this championship winning car, driven by one of the most respected NASCAR drivers of all time, you’ll need to check out Mecum Auctions 2019 Kissimmee sale running from January 3-13.

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