Buick Regal Winston Cup Race Car
Racing driver Rick Wilson’s career started in the early 1980s and he is perhaps best remembered for a second-place photo finish behind Bill Elliott at Daytona in 1988. Wilson, who at the time was driving for Morgan-McClure, went on to score two Busch series victories and was the first driver hired by Petty Enterprises after The King’s retirement in 1992. The Florida-native left NASCAR in 1997 after five top-five and 23 top-10 finishes in over 200 races.
The car was driven by Wilson in the 1991 Winston Cup, in what would be Buick’s final season in NASCAR competition. The Stavola Brothers, who had owned and operated both Winston Cup and Busch Series teams since the early 1980s and won the Daytona 500 in 1988 with Bobby Allison, consequently switched over to Ford Thunderbirds the following year. Buick’s Regal, however, had proven to be a very formidable competitor in its decade-long foray into stock car competition. Upon its introduction, the Regal immediately had an edge over its competitors, thanks to its slick, aerodynamic shape – a design that helped Buick secure the 1981 Winston Cup with Darrell Waltrip, despite being forced by GM to use the standard Chevrolet small-block powerplant.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
358 cu. in overhead valve V8 NASCAR engine with racing transmission, suspension, tires, ignition and safety features.
Source: RM Auctions