1977 Penske IROC Camaro updated to 1980 specifications, chassis number 14…
This 1977 Chevrolet IROC Camaro is chassis number 14 of the 15 built for the International Race of Champions. Banjo Matthews built the chassis for Penske Racing in Reading, Pa., where it was shipped for final set-up and completion. These carswere raced for 5 years (if they survived), outfitted with that next year’s sheet metal and then retired.
This 1977 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Race Car is powered by a 350 cubic-inch V8 engine capable of producing an estimated 500 horsepower. There is a Super T-10 four-speed transmission, IROC spec racing suspension, and four wheel disc brakes. Its most successful pilot was Bobby Allison, an individual who was voted NASCAR's most popular driver six times, named one of NASCARs '50 Greatest Drivers', and was honored with NASCAR's 'Award of Excellence' in 1989. Allison's career reached beyond just NASCAR, including the IROC championship series and more.
In 1980 Allison won the IROC VII race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. This was accomplished with this 1977 Camaro updated to 1980 specifications. Many other famous drivers were given the opportunity to get behind the wheel of this car during it’s life cycle, including A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Bobby and Al Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi, Donnie Allison and Peter Gregg.
Since its racing career, this car has been treated to a complete restoration. The body was repaired or replaced where necessary, given a re-spray in its lavender (nicknamed the “Peptol Pink” car for obvious reasons) racing color, and all the period correct sponsor markings were re-applied. The engine and most other mechanical components were rebuilt and finished to new condition. It was brought to the 2005 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida where Bobby Allison signed the winning number 3 Camaro on the roof and dash.
In 2007 it was brought to the Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it had an estimated value of $75,000 - $95,000. It was offered without reserve, which worked well for the buyer who purchased the car for $49,500 including buyer's premium.
• Est. 500hp, 350 cu. in. V8 engine built to Penske specifications
• Super T-10 four-speed transmission
• IROC spec racing suspension, four-wheel disc brakes.
• Wheelbase: 108""
The winning driver: Bobby Allison was voted NASCAR's most popular driver six times, honored with NASCAR's "Award of Excellence" in 1989 and named one of its "50 Greatest Drivers". Although he is more associated with NASCAR than any other series, Bobby Allison raced in many different series over his lengthy career. One of Bobby Allison's many racing successes outside of NASCAR included wining the 1980 IROC VII championship at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Oval on March 15, 1980.
The restoration: A complete restoration was undertaken by Billy Bob's Fast Expensive Cars, Inc. in Lakewood, New Jersey. The body was repaired or replaced where necessary before being re-sprayed its distinctive lavender racing color with all its correct period sponsor markings. Inside, the Camaro was rebuilt to its original competition specs. Mechanically, the 1977 IROC Chevrolet Camaro was fully rebuilt to Penske specifications. Under the hood, the 350 cubic inch racing engine was painted and detailed to show quality, as was the engine bay and entire chassis.
This racing Camaro will appeal to a wide array of enthusiasts. Die-hard Chevy and Camaro collectors, fans of NASCAR, and IROC racing fans, will truly appreciate the significance of this Camaro and its unique history. Then again, it will appeal to vintage racing drivers, as well as club and solo racers, who can put its considerable might to the test on the track.
How it fell into public hands…an auction of all IROC material, 1980:
TINTON FALLS, N.J. -- The International Race of Champions officials announced Tuesday the all-star auto racing series will liquidate all tools, equipment, race cars and memorabilia in a two-day public auction March 7-8 at IROC headquarters in Tinton Falls, N.J
International Race of Champions (IROC) Series Champions
The Camaro Years 1974-1980 & 1984-1989
IROC II 1975 Bobby Unser
IROC III 1976 A. J. Foyt
IROC IV 1977 A. J. Foyt
IROC V 1978 Al Unser
IROC VI 1979 Mario Andretti
IROC VII 1980 Bobby Allison
IROC VIII 1984 Cale Yarborough
IROC IX 1985 Harry Ghant
IROC X 1986 Al Unser Jr.
IROC XI 1987 Geoff Bodine
IROC XII 1988 Al Unser Jr.
IROC XIII 1989 Terry Labonte
The year Bobby won the championship, 1980:
Position Driver/Residence/Sanction Points Money Earned
1 Bobby Allison/Hueytown, AL/NASCAR 41 $75,000
2 Darrell Waltrip/Owensboro, KY/NASCAR 32 35,000
3 Rick Mears/Bakersfield, CA/CART 31 22,000
4 Gordon Johncock/Coldwater, MI/CART 26 21,000
5 Mario Andretti/Nazareth, PA/FIA 25 20,000
6 Johnny Rutherford/Ft. Worth, TX/CART 24 19,000
7 Neil Bonnett/Hueytown, AL/NASCAR 20 18,000
8 Don Whittington/Fort Lauderdale, FL/IMSA 15 17,000
9 Bobby Unser/Albuquerque, NM/CART 14 15,500
10 Buddy Baker/Charlotte, NC/NASCAR 14 15,500
11 Peter Gregg/Jacksonville, FL/IMSA 11 15,000
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