Bidding soared to $3.5 million on Saturday for a 1970 Plymouth Superbird that Richard Petty raced in NASCAR and is billed by its present owner as the most famous in U.S. racing history.
The winged No. 43 car is the main attraction among 43 cars owned by longtime collector Todd Werner that are being auctioned at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, according to the auctioneer, Mecum Auctions.
"Restored by Petty’s Garage and signed by Richard himself, this may be the most famous Superbird of all and the most notable car residing in the Werner collection," according to the Mecum Auctions website.
The car, with its Petty Enterprises 426 Hemi V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission and "rare" Rare Petty blue paint, was built to lure "The King" back to Plymouth, according to the site.