132991 / 1980 Oldsmobile 442





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Published on Feb 1, 2013

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This 1980 Oldsmobile 442, driven by Cale Yarborough and owned by Junior Johnson, is a turn-four fresh stock car chassis that led seven of the nine races it participated in and rarely finished out of the top ten. If you're a seasoned NASCAR fan who's always wanted an authentic Winston Cup stock car to cap off your life-long obsession with speed, here it is!

Born and raised in Timmonsville, South Carolina, Cale Yarborough spent most of his adolescence as a semi-pro football player and Golden Gloves boxer. When he attended the 1951 Southern 500 as a spectator, he knew he'd found his calling and decided to turn down a blossoming football career to focus on a full-time racing schedule. After two decades of working hard and experiencing moderate success Cale became the first of only two drivers to net three back-to-back Sprint Cup championships, formally cementing his legacy as one of the sport's biggest stars. And in 1980, on the heels of his final title, "The Timmonsville Flash" campaigned this Oldsmobile and a Chevrolet Monte Carlo to perfect his domination of the sport by scoring 14 poles, winning six races and losing his fourth championship by a mere 19 points.

Of course, we all know a great driver never realizes his full potential unless he partners with a great owner. Enter First Class Hall of Famer Junior Johnson who, with a record setting 10 victories in the 1974 season, had officially transformed his already successful race team into one of NASCAR's top powerhouses. Over the next several years Yarborough and Johnson would win 27% of the races they entered and enjoy unbelievable consistency that included four back-to-back wins in 1977 and top 5 finishes in the last 11 races of 1978. Despite that amazing chemistry, 1980 was this dynamic duo's last season together as Cale decided to run a limited schedule for the rest of his career.

In light of NASCAR's mandate that all teams switch to cars with a 110 inch wheelbase, 1980 was the last season Junior Johnson & Associates ran large Oldsmobiles. This 442, never restored or disassembled in any way, was raced only nine times during that season; and thanks to Johnson's extensive use of a newer Monte Carlo, was saved from both a career-ending encounter with a concrete barrier and benevolent duty in a backyard scrap yard. While nine races might not seem like a lot, there are a couple of things to take into consideration about the car's abundant history. First and foremost, its chassis is branded as a 1978 model which means it no doubt saw track time during Yarborough's '78 and '79 championship years, and likely won numerous races during those years. And two, when you closely examine its performance for the races ran in this 1980 guise, the car proved to be an unquestionably dominant player.

At RK Motors Charlotte we take pride in the fact that we're gearheads selling special cars to other gearheads. But when this awesome piece of Appalachian Americana rolled through our showroom doors, most of us were baffled about both its construction and history. So, we decided to make a few phone calls and bring in a panel of experts to verify its authenticity. Championship crew chief Mike Beam, who worked extensively with Junior Johnson & Associates, inspected the car and performed tireless research that helped establish its history. Tim Roberts, head chassis builder at Banjo's Performance Center during the car's construction, confirmed its authenticity and uncovered its original chassis number. Jeff Hammond, championship crew chief who worked as a member of Yarborough's pit crew, inspected the car and highlighted its many authentic details. Travis Carter, crew chief for Yarborough's 1977 championship year, inspected the car top to bottom and dubbed it 100% authentic. And Tim Brewer, crew chief for Yarborough's 1978 championship year, inspected the car and corroborated its authenticity.

From its hand-fabricated body to its vintage powertrain, this 1980 Oldsmobile literally embodies the tireless ingenuity that built NASCAR. Call, click or visit http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com for more information!


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