Darrell Waltrip’s storied Winston Cup career began in May 1972 at the Talladega Motor Speedway in Alabama. Waltrip rolled onto the track in this Holman-Moody–prepared ’71-bodied Mercury Cyclone.

The car was originally built in 1966 as a Ford-bodied car, which Mario Andretti drove to victory in the ’67 Daytona 500. Later the car made sporadic appearances in various events until Waltrip’s sponsor, Terminal Transport, bought the car from Holman-Moody for $12,500. The deal also included a handful of spare parts.

Waltrip drove the car in selected events until 1973, after which time it was put in storage. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo blew a tree onto the car, causing substantial damage. It was later restored by a group of veteran NASCAR veterans to its original race-ready condition.

By today’s standards, the car has several unique characteristics. The nose, engine, interior, and back-end configuration would, of course, not be legal by today’s superspeedway rules.