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Ford Thunderbird raced by NASCAR legends Dick Trickle and Sterling Marlin go up for auction

A piece of NASCAR history, a 1992 Thunderbird Sterling Marlin and Dick Trickle drove in the Winston Cup Series is up for auction.

Bring a Trailer is auctioning this 1992 Ford Thunderbird, piloted by Sterling Marlin and Dick Trickle.

A 1992 Ford Thunderbird driven by two NASCAR legends can be yours with Bring A Trailer is auctioning the Stavola Brothers Racing No. 8 Blue and White Thunderbird. The car for sale was driven by Sterling Marlin, who drove this number 8 to victory at the 1993 Winston Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 22, 1993. Dick Trickle also drove the car in the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Since 1993, the Thunderbird is at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum as one of the cars that competed in the first Brickyard 500.


Marlin, a second-generation NASCAR driver who was NASCAR’s Rookie of the Year in 1983, is one of nine NASCAR drivers to win consecutive Daytona 500s. Trickle has not won a NASCAR Cup points race in his career, but he did win the 1990 Winston Open and was a short-track legend who died in 2013.

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NASCAR Racer driven by Sterling Marlin for sale

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Sterling Marlin drove this 1992 Thunderbird to victory at the 1993 Winston Open.

Stavola Brothers Racing built the Thunderbird in 1992. The Stavola Brothers installed a V-8 358ci and a four-speed manual transmission mated to an eight-inch rear on the number 8.

The car’s equipment includes a complete roll cage, a fire suppression system, a fixed racing seat, a Simpson belt, an aluminum radiator, a Hurst derailleur, a trunk-mounted fuel cell, a Ford Motorsports electronic ignition. /MSD and 15- Inch Bassett Racing Wheels. The Thunderbird also uses a white and red body with a Raybestos livery, making it one of NASCAR’s most recognizable paint schemes of the early ’90s.

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Dick Trickle drove the Number Eight in the 1991 NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

The team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum installed new brakes and master cylinders on the Thunderbird for auction. The listing states that the team returned the engine to working condition. They also washed the brakes and changed the oil. So the Thunderbird, once driven by Marlin and Trickle, is ready to hit the track. The winning bidder will also receive additional NASCAR history pieces – a 1992 Raybestos press kit and a vintage news article featuring the car. The Ford is currently located at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Thunderbird will be available for purchase until November 10th. As of November 7, the highest bid for the historic NASCAR Cup model is $20,000.

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