In name only: ‘Tribute’ car to Jimmie Johnson falls short


If you’re going to take the time to sell a “tribute” car, you might want to double-check every last detail.

Especially the driver’s name on the car listing – the significance of which we’ll get back to in a moment.

Our buddy Tom Jensen, of, has a great tale to tell about a “tribute” car that resembles the kind of race car Jimmie Johnson drove to his third of six eventual Sprint Cup championships in 2008.

The car looks good, don’t get us wrong, although to the trained eye, you can tell it’s not the right stuff – as in a genuine and legitimate Johnson/Hendrick Motorsports car.

So as Jensen tells the tale, this car was sold last year at the Barrett Jackson auction in Las Vegas for $25,300.

It came back up for auction at this week’s Barrett Jackson auction in Phoenix on Wednesday – and sold for half the price: $12,650.

Ouch, now that’s a price cut.

Of course, the car was marked as a “re-creation” in the auction catalog, so that folks intent on potentially bidding would realize that Johnson had never raced this faux No. 48 in a Cup race.

Which brings us back to the little detail about Johnson’s name on the auction listing in the catalog.

If you’re going to sell a “re-creation” tribute car, it would help if you spelled Johnson’s first name the right way — as in “Jimmie”.

As opposed to what was in the catalog, aka “Jimmy.”

Something tells us if the seller had it right, he very well may have made a few more extra bucks in the long run.

Just like in journalism, sometimes car auction listings need copy editors, too.

Click here to check out Jensen’s great story.

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