• May 21, 2010
1991 Dodge Stealth Indianapolis 500 Official Car – Click above for image gallery

Way back in 1991, Chrysler was charged with providing a pace car for the 75th running of the Indianapolis 500. At the time, the company was blood brothers with Mitsubishi, and the automakers had decided it would be worth everyone's while to rebadge the popular 3000GT as a Stealth and sell it under the Dodge banner. Chrysler was thrilled to have something resembling a sports car on its dealer lots and wanted to get the word out by handing pace car duties to its newest creation. Only there was a problem. Once the public got wind that Chrysler wanted to run a Japanese-built car out front of the red, white and blue Indianapolis 500, near riots ensued, with the United Auto Workers among the most critical parties.

Chrysler pulled a 180 and decided to roll out a Viper prototype for the race, but not before it built a Stealth for pace duty. The car was dipped in some very visible yellow paint, and safety equipment like a roll cage, racing harnesses and a communication system was installed. The car was never called to pace at the Brickyard, however, having been relegated to the duty of an official festival car. Thereafter, it spent its years parked in the Walter P. Chrysler Museum instead.

Now, that very would-be pace car is up for auction on eBay. With just 8,000 miles on the clock and an opening bid of $25,000, the car is someone's chance to own one very odd piece of Detroit history – the Indy 500 pace car that never was. Check out the auction here.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      If I was a well off HPDE coach, I think I just my new whip for track days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Stealth and 3000GT came out at the same time in the US, based on the Eclipse platform, which was codeveloped by Chrysler and Mitsubishi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Er, absolutely is true. There's very little interchangeable after all is said and done, but the platform start for the 3000GT was the Eclipse.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no, not even close. so far away from the eclipse it's not even funny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was around the first Gulf War and everyone was all patriotic and flagwaving.

      My local Dodge shops were running a "God Bless America" sale with American flags on all the Stealths.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fast forward 20 years and it's quite the opposite. Sadly, a lot of that American hate comes from within it's own borders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      UAW ruins everyone's fun.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow that color is horrible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They actually painted a few 3000GTs that color.

        I'll take a white VR-4.
      • 4 Years Ago
      there were actually a handful of the stealth pace cars made. One recently sold at auction for 12000...makes me wonder if this is the same one and someone's just trying to make a quick profit.
      I agree though...not a fan of the yellow. Gotta be Panama Green or Pearl White!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fast forward 19 years. All the race cars in the Indy 500 have an chassis built in Italy and a Japaneese engine. And the pace car, yes it wears a bow tie, but it is built in Canada.
        • 4 Years Ago
        a race with foreign cars and a large foreign driver field, but by golly we need an AMERICAN pace car. lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Weren't the Indy race cars in 1991 mostly foreign as well?

        It worked out well for Chrysler either way, they got to put a non-production car in as pace car, which hadn't happened since Chrysler did it in 1941. That is unless you count the Chevy Beretta convertible they used in 1990. But that was a modified production car that was slated for production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who the hell picked that color? Stevie Wonder?
      • 4 Years Ago
      here's hoping dodge doesn't run into such jingositic bs when they trot out an abarth ss pace car for the next indi 500 :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        I, personally, have no problem with the occasional foreign Indy 500 pace car. However, I also have no problem with a little national pride. There is nothing wrong with Americans wanting an American made (or assembled, or whatever you nitpicks want to call it :)) car pacing an American race (that most outside of the US, maybe even inside the US, care little about). Have you ever noticed how excited Italians get when a Ferrari wins the Italian Grand Prix (or any race, for that matter)? Ferrari flags, and Italy flags flying everywhere. I don't know how mad they'd be if, say, a Mustang was the safety car at the IGP, but I'm sure there'd be some snide remarks, at the least.

        One of my least favorite things about America is actual Americans hating on themselves, like we are all backwards country bumpkins. Americans are just like people from all the other countries of the world, for the most part. Most people concern themselves with taking care of those closest to them to the best of their ability. My guess is that if you actually lived in some of these other countries (rather than just visit for days, or weeks, at a time), you'd discover that most of their populations aren't the cosmopolitan "citizens of the world" you think they are.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take a 91 rx7 over this or up a year and give me the twin turbo fd. I had a buddy who had a vr4 that was never working, but then again I've never know an rx7 to be reliable either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 on the FD RX-7. Best looking car in the 90s. The Stealth/VR-4s were too heavy and the engine is sideways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 on the FD RX-7 never working. I had a 93 and that thing was a nightmare to maintain; however, awesome to look at and amazing to drive. It really should have been Italian and not Japanese!
      ZingKingX
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, It's always fun to see that vivid early 90's kind of styling. Seeing that car takes me back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always liked the Stealth - more so than the 3000GT's styling, but this color is atrocious. And that price is rather ridiculous also - weren't they about $25-30k in 1991 dollars? (even though I realize that the price is that high because it is a one-of-a-kind)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I liked the Stealth, but really liked the 3000GT. I'm a fan of 90s "modern" designs and I even like the wild greenish-yellow! O _ o
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, the ugly version of the 3000GT. I used to think the 3000gt was a great looking car when I was 15 but always disliked the Stealth version. Neither has aged well and now both are rather ugly 90's creations.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I always thought of the Stealth as the ugly 3000GT... because that's what it was.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 3000GT looked too "bulky" - the Stealth had a more tapered nose and was more stylish. The only problem with the Dodge was that they had like 3 trim levels and it was only till you go the top of the line model that you got the nicest looking one.

        Whatever. To each his own.
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