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Don “The Snake” Prudhomme Parts with some of His Funny Car Fleet at Barrett-Jackson 2017

Scottsdale, ARIZ. (January 22, 2017) – At the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, the “Snake I” Mattel Hot Wheels 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Funny Car campaigned in the early 70’s by Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “Mongoose” McEwen’s 1972 Plymouth Duster Funny Car, along with their ’67 Dodge Ramp Trucks sold as a package for $247,500.00.  Not a bad price to own such an example of American racing history.

In 2017, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme would bring his “Snake II” Funny Car, a Mattel Hot Wheels ’72 Plymouth Barracuda, a 1989 Pontiac Trans Am “Skoal Bandit” Funny Car, the last Funny Car he drove during NHRA national events, and a 2007 Chevrolet Impala SS “Skoal” Funny Car owned by Prudhomme and driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

Combined, the cars produce just under 30,000 horsepower. Six thousand of which was ignited just outside of the auction room as “The Snake” fired it up and drove it to the to the entrance of the auction room right before it rolled across the block.  The “Snake II’ Barracuda would do the best of the three cars Prudhomme brought to Scottsdale, selling for $220,000.00.  Prudhomme’s 1989 Pontiac Trans Am “Skoal Bandit” Funny Car sold for $126,500.00 and his 2007 Chevrolet Impala SS “Skoal” Funny Car owned by Prudhomme and driven by Tommy Johnson Jr. went for $101,200.00.

We hope the new owners plan on taking them out to a track for a nitro fix.

Feature photo by Charlie Lowe.

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