FROM THE MISSOULA AUTO MUSEUM COLLECTION: Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 19th - 22nd, 2017 at Russo and Steele's 17th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Please contact us for more information. Launched in 1969 under the leadership of fast-rising GM executive John Z. Delorean, who had previously spearheaded Pontiac's highly successful 1969 Grand Prix personal luxury/performance car, the Chevrolet Monte Carlo quickly earned an enviable reputation for style, performance, and luxury. Competition success was strong from the beginning, with the Monte Carlo body style developed through several generations and figuring prominently in NASCAR winners' circles. The Monte Carlo nameplate eventually retired after 1988 along with GM's rear-drive G-Body models but it was revived for 1995 on the front-wheel drive, V-6 Chevrolet Lumina platform. As before, the fifth-generation Monte Carlo and its successors were highly effective and instantly recognized on the wildly popular NASCAR racing circuit. The Monte Carlo body style launched to great success during the 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup racing series and proved dominant, winning 21 of that season's races. In fact, the Monte Carlo's slippery shape was so effective that NASCAR gave certain advantages to Ford and Pontiac to even the field. Despite stiff competition from Sterling Marlin and reigning 1994 NASCAR champion Dale "The Intimidator" Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon piloted his Richard Childress Racing-prepared Monte Carlo to the 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup championship. In addition to being the youngest Winston Cup champion of the modern (post-1971) era, Gordon was the most consistent driver of the 1995 racing season, earning 14 straight Top 10 finishes including four wins. While Earnhardt fought back, Gordon ultimately took the 1995 championship by a 34-point margin. Autographed by Jeff Gordon and Richard Childress, this white 1995 Monte Carlo Z34 is one of 400 commemorative NASCAR Pace Car Edition cars produced and celebrates Gordon's landmark achievements on the track. Standard Z34 features include a 215-horsepower, 3.4-litre V-6 engine and four-speed overdrive automatic transmission, plus sport suspension, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, power windows, locks, and mirrors, cruise control, PASSKey II theft deterrent system, keyless remote entry, and a four-speaker AM/FM/cassette stereo. Other outstanding features of this example include a leather interior with full floor console, special ornamentation, and a rear Aero Wing spoiler. Very rare, highly equipped, and graced with the 1995 NASCAR championship winning duo of Jeff Gordon and Richard Childress, this 1995 Monte Carlo Z34 marks a thrilling find at auction.