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Jimmie Johnson’s 2007 Chevrolet Impala SS NASCAR race car to be auctioned


A 2007 Chevrolet Impala SS race car driven by NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson is being auctioned for RM Sotheby’s. It will be offered for sale in the company’s Phoenix, Arizona on January 26.

Johnson won seven NASCAR Cup Series championships during his full-time career with Hendrick Motorsports, beating Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most titles in the NASCAR main series. That includes a record five championship seasons from 2006 to 2010.

This car, chassis number 48-461, is part of that history. Bearing Lowe’s blue and silver color scheme and the number 48 most associated with Johnson, it led to wins at Martinsville and Phoenix in the 2007 season. Johnson drove the car seven times between 2007 and 2009, according to auction list.

Despite being labeled the Impala SS, the race car’s tubular chassis and rear-wheel drive were quite different from the front-wheel drive Impala sedan at the time. This generation of the Impala road car at least has a V-8 in SS guise, giving it a wireless connection to the NASCAR Impala.

The 2007 Chevrolet Impala SS NASCAR Cup car driven by Jimmie Johnson (photo via RM Sotheby's)

The 2007 Chevrolet Impala SS NASCAR Cup car driven by Jimmie Johnson (photo via RM Sotheby’s)

This vehicle is built around NASCAR’s new “Car of Tomorrow” rule, which is characterized by a protruding front spoiler, a deck-mounted rear wing and a more upright styling compared to the previous generation of Cup cars. Car of Tomorrow was replaced by a sixth-generation NASCAR chassis after the 2012 season, which in turn was succeeded by car “Next Generation” for the 2022 season.

Following his retirement, the 48-461 chassis was restored by Hendrick Motorsports, according to the auction listing. Introduced under the guise of winning the Phoenix award in 2007, the car is expected to sell for between $150,000 and $200,000 at auction. That number is comparable to the $165,000 asking price for a 2011 NASCAR Car of Tomorrow chassis driven by Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon. appeared for sale by the end of 2022.

The 2007 Chevrolet Impala SS NASCAR Cup car driven by Jimmie Johnson (photo via RM Sotheby's)

The 2007 Chevrolet Impala SS NASCAR Cup car driven by Jimmie Johnson (photo via RM Sotheby’s)

Johnson retired from NASCAR in 2020 and spent the next two years focusing on the IndyCar campaign with Chip Ganassi Racing. He did not have much success and announced that he would retire in September 2022, but quickly reversed that decision. In November 2022, he confirmed back to NASCAR as a part-time driver and part-owner of Petty GMS, alongside fellow seven-time champion Richard Petty.

He plans to run a limited schedule in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series, starting with the Daytona 500, scheduled for February 19. However, Johnson will not be driving the number 48 car because of the numbers. which is currently used by Alex Bowman at Johnson’s former Team, Hendrick Motorsports.

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