General Motors created quite a few NASCAR-themed special-edition W-bodies during the first decade of our current century, complete with plenty of plastic cladding and racy-looking decals. Ordinary W-bodies clog up every junkyard in the country, and so it takes something special for me to deploy my camera on a W.
This very-rare-but-not-so-valuable Grand Prix Daytona 500 Edition showed up in a Denver-area yard, and I photographed it last week.
The pace-car replica version for 2000 got brightly colored decals, special Daytona 500-embroidered seats, cool-looking aluminum wheels, and a decklid spoiler (the latter two items have been removed from this car).
Naturally, there’s an automatic transmission, but at least this car came with the supercharged 3800 V6 pumping out 240 horsepower, which made this car reasonably quick for its era. These Eaton blowers have become so commonplace in junkyards that most of them go to the crusher; everybody in the country who wants a $50 supercharger already has several stashed in the garage.
More than 200,000 supercharged miles on the clock.
Wide-track is better!