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.