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The best – and worst – Indy 500 pace cars of all time

Motoring Research Logo By Motoring Research team of Motoring Research | Slide 2 of 32: As noted, the Indy 500 has used a pace car since the event began in 1911. However, we have skipped forward in time to the 1941 race, which saw the beautiful Chrysler Newport Phaeton lead the pack. Wearing bodywork by LeBaron, and powered by a 354-cubic inch inline-eight engine, the Newport Phaeton was remarkably rare. Six cars in total are said to have been produced, with the pace car later used by Walter P. Chrysler himself. The original pace car was restored in 2009, and listed at auction by RM Sotheby’s for the 2012 Amelia Island sale. It failed to sell, with an estimated auction price of $1.5 to $2 million.

1941 Chrysler Newport Phaeton

As noted, the Indy 500 has used a pace car since the event began in 1911. However, we have skipped forward in time to the 1941 race, which saw the beautiful Chrysler Newport Phaeton lead the pack.

Wearing bodywork by LeBaron, and powered by a 354-cubic inch inline-eight engine, the Newport Phaeton was remarkably rare. Six cars in total are said to have been produced, with the pace car later used by Walter P. Chrysler himself.

The original pace car was restored in 2009, and listed at auction by RM Sotheby’s for the 2012 Amelia Island sale. It failed to sell, with an estimated auction price of $1.5 to $2 million.

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