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Autotrader Find: 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora Indy Pace Car Replica

What you’re looking at for sale here is a rather unusual vehicle: it’s an Indy 500 pace car replica, which is a common sight — but this is unlike any other Indianapolis 500 pace car replica. That’s because the owner of this Oldsmobile Aurora had it specially made by the company who created the real Indy 500 pace car, and it’s one of only three in existence.

Let’s back up here. In 1997, General Motors commissioned one of its most eye-catching products, the Oldsmobile Aurora, to pace the Indianapolis 500. Unlike in many other years, GM decided against selling "limited edition" pace car models to the public — so just two Aurora pace car models were made, both of which were needed for actually running the race. According to the ad selling this one, one of those two is owned by GM, and the other is owned by the Indy 500 museum.

But the owner of this car liked these pace vehicles so much he wanted to have one of his own. So, according to this ad, he bought a new Oldsmobile Aurora and sent it to the company who made the actual pace cars for the race. They stripped the paint and completely created him a third pace car — the only one in private hands.

The result is that this car looks precisely like the 1997 Indy 500 pace car, which is actually a pretty good look — and the seller has driven it just 600 miles from new, which probably makes it the best-preserved Oldsmobile Aurora in existence. It’s currently offered by the seller and long-time owner in Minneapolis, Minnesota for $29,998 — big money for an Aurora, but a necessary purchase if your pace car collection is one short.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I would almost say this is not a replica but a factory reissue, Like if you went to Ferrari today and asked them to build a new F40, It’s not a replica at all as it’s made by the OEM.

  2. The Aurora was a really cool car, a little ahead of it’s time also.  I guess some Nascar fans will appreciate it, but never understood the demand for Pace Cars, most often they basically took a car off the lot and threw some decals on them which supposedly made them special.

    • The Aurora has always been on the list of cars I want own when I get my driver’s license but it’s only special to him and it really isn’t worth 30 grand just because it has 600 miles on it

      This is another thing I hate when dealers charge ridiculous amounts of money for cars just because it has very very low mileage on it

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