Publish date: 2016-04-15 13:29:01
Most of you probably now Dale Earnhardt Jr. as a hot shot race car driver, a two time Daytona 500 winner but you probably don’t know that Earnhardt is a very sentimental guy. You would expect that his collection would consist of fast race cars but a lot of the cars he keep are because of sentimental value, cars that reminds him of his late father.
For 17 years, Earnhardt was a driver for Chevrolet so we should also expect that he has some Chevy cars in his garage. He also says that he loves the feel and look of classic American muscle.
Let’s take a look at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s classic car collection.
1967 Camaro Gen I
Although it looks like an original 1967 Camaro, it has several modification made by Earnhardt for increased power and stability. Done by Detroit Speed, sub frame connectors and also the Quadra Link with four-link rear suspension. A hydroformed subframe was also installed in the front. He says that he prefers his classic cars to be as original as possible, modifying them would lose the purpose of keeping classic cars.
This 1967 Camaro is Earnhardt’s Favorite, with great speed and handling who wouldn’t fall in love with this car? This is the car the he mostly uses to drive around his home in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Engine Chevy Small block crate V8 engine
Transmission Five-speed Manual Transmission
1972 Trans Am Racer
Similar to the 1967 Camaro, this second generation 1972 coupe was modified to have the performance of a Trans Am Racer but would still look like an original 1972 coupe. The restoration and modification was done at the Detroit Speed shop by Kyle Tucker. It was repainted with the Hugger Orange them as requested by Earnhardt. A lot of modern parts were used for this custom build.
A Chevy Performance LS2 crate Engine was installed to this 1972 Trans Am Racer. Earnhardt said that he wanted it to be roadworthy but still has the performance of an American muscle. For stability, mini-tubs and Quadra Links system was installed by the Detroit Speed.
Engine LS2 crate Engine
Transmission five-speed manual transmission
Suspension Quadra Links system
The 1967 Camaro and the 1972 coupe are probably the stars of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s collection.
These two car the cars he actively drives around town. It is great to see such beast get to roam around unlike some who just ends up in a gallery for display.
1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass
1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass is one of the cars mostly used in the 1978, 1979, and 1980 Daytona 500. Earnhardt says that he doesn’t really like the design or performance of the Cutlass, he just keeps it because of his love for his sport.
Engine Location Front
Engine V6 3785 cc | 231.0 cu in. | 3.8 L.
Transmission 5-speed manual transmission
Drive Type Rear Wheel
Body / Chassis Separate body on perimeter box
Bore 3.8 in | 97 mm.
Stroke 3.4 in | 86 mm.
1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air Nomad Station Wagon
This is the car that he drives to the Daytona if he is just going to watch the race that is. This is very sentimental for Earnhardt as his father also had a Chevy Nomad in his collection.
Type 2-Door Wagon
Color Lime Green and Siver Bel Air Style
Engine ZZ4 350 cid. Crate motor
Transmission 3-speed TH350 automatic trans. W/overdrive
Fuel Type Unleaded/Super or Regular
Safety Features Front Disk Brakes, Frt/Rr Seat Belts,Power Steer.
Trim Bel Air
Interior Color Gray
1948 Chevrolet Truck “Grunge Truck”
It may look like a very rugged ride but it actually has a modern interior. Earnhardt purposely made it to keep the look as it is but has made repairs on the important parts to keep in running. He rebuilt the drivetrain and replaced the chassis with a new one. Earnhardt said he likes to surprise people and make them think that this is a beat up truck which it isn’t.
Check out this video of collection in detail: