Le Mans Classic Ticket – 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Racer

1982 Chevrolet Camaro Le Mans Race Car

Built by Tex Racing enterprises for NASCAR racer Billy Hagan and campaigned by him, fellow NASCAR driver Terry Labonte and SCCA/IMSA veteran Gene Felton, this Chevrolet Camaro ran at Le Mans in 1982 and at both Sebring and Daytona in 1984, with IMSA GTO races in between. At Le Mans, Hagan and Felton brought the car home second in the GTO class and 17th overall. It won the inaugural Miami IMSA GTO Grand Prix in February of 1983, and the next year took class wins and top 10 overall finishes at Sebring and Daytona. From the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, the Camaro #81 was raced several more times by Reynolds Aluminum engineer Hoyt Overbaugh.

Overbaugh then sold the car to its current owner, who undertook a restoration with the help of the its original builder and Le Mans crew chief, Tex Powell. The original Le Mans livery was faithfully recreated and all of the mechanicals are fresh with only test miles since the restoration was completed. The sale comes with plenty of great documentation as well, including a Le Mans letter of acceptance and a congratulatory letter from Porsche boss Peter Schutz. Eligible for historic racing, an awesome car to look at and an undeniably significant piece American racing history, this is one 1980s Camaro that (unlike most) is worth having.

This 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Le Mans Racer is available at the upcoming Mecum Indianapolis sale, scheduled for May 13-18, 2014. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $175,000 to $250,000.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Gene Felton would probably be in the Hall of Fame if he understood the value of kissing butt better back in the day! What a history, so much success and in so many different rides. What a shame.

  2. Mickey-Miles says:

    AND, if ya don’t believe me, checkout Gene Felton’s website at http://genefeltonrestorations.com and turn up the sound!

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