A trend going back a few decades that seems to have fizzled out by now is production versions of pace cars for famous races. It’s an old tradition for a car manufacturer who sponsors a race (most notably the Indy 500) to bring a special edition of one of their cars to the race as the pace car. This pace car is usually flamboyantly decorated so that it pops on the racetrack and on TV, getting people to notice the car. Car manufacturers would often sell production versions of these pace cars in limited quantities and there is a surprising amount of them on Autotrader that are extremely well-preserved with barely any miles on them.
Here are six pace cars for sale on Autotrader.
2010 Chevrolet Camaro
One of the newer versions of a production pace car is the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. This was a big year for the Camaro because it was the first model year for the fifth-generation Camaro, marking the return of the iconic nameplate after an eight-year hiatus. This is a replica of the car that paced the 2010 Indy 500, with an orange paint job with white stripes and decorative markings indicating that it’s a pace car. One of only 294 cars like it, it only has 1,229 miles on the clock and it even comes with a 2010 Indy 500 hat if you buy the car, which has an asking price of $49,900. Find a Chevrolet Camaro for sale
1998 Chevrolet Corvette
The Chevy Corvette has a long history of pacing the Indy 500 and my personal favorite is this insane 1998 version. The wild purple and yellow paint job refuses to be ignored and it speaks for itself visually in a way that I can’t put into words. It even has yellow wheels and yellow seats! This example with 1,317 miles on the clock is for sale with an asking price of $39,900 and it comes with a toy version of itself that you can proudly display on your desk so everyone at work knows you drive the coolest C5 Corvette ever. Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale
1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
The Chevy Monte Carlo spent a long time as a sort of redheaded stepchild in Chevy performance cars, taking a back seat to the Camaro and the Corvette, especially the front-wheel drive version, which we hesitate to call a performance car at all. That makes it fitting that this special edition 1995 Monte Carlo pace car isn’t for the Indy 500 but rather for the less famous Brickyard 400, which also takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Appropriately, 400 of these special-edition cars were made. This example has only 1,350 miles on it and it’s for sale for $16,000. Find a Chevrolet Monte Carlo for sale
1994 Ford Mustang
And now for the only non-GM car on this list, a 1994 Ford Mustang Cobra convertible. This was one of Ford‘s ways of showing off the all-new SN-95 generation of the Mustang, marking the first major redesign of the iconic pony car in 15 years. It’s surprisingly subtle aesthetically in a simple red paint job with pace car markings on the doors and a few tasteful Indianapolis Motor Speedway logos throughout both the interior and exterior. This is number 429 of the 1,000 examples that were built and it has 14,368 miles on it with an asking price of $20,000. Find a Ford Mustang for sale
1997 Oldsmobile Aurora
Here we have a rare example of an Indy 500 pace car with four doors. This 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora claims to be the only Aurora pace car in private hands, with two other examples being in the GM museum and the other being in the Indy 500 museum. It’s white with a gold checkered flag design surrounding the car and a lot going on on the hood with an American flag, a checkered flag, the words “Aurora V8” and the Indy 500 logo. It has just 600 miles on it and the asking price is $29,998, making it by far the most expensive Aurora on Autotrader. Find a Oldsmobile Aurora for sale
1984 Pontiac Fiero
This 1984 Pontiac Fiero is the only car on this list with an interior that looks crazier than the interior. It’s surprisingly subtle on the outside (as far as Fieros go) with a simple two-tone white and gray paint job with a red stripe and simple pace car markings on the doors. Step inside and you’re welcomed into an eye-popping white and red interior. The vinyl is all white and the carpet is all red, including red inserts in the seats. This one has been meticulously maintained by a true Fiero enthusiast and it appears to be in perfect condition. It has 16,500 miles on it and its asking price is $13,500, making it the most affordable pace car on this list. Find a Pontiac Fiero for sale