Rare ’61 Pontiac at Greensboro auction has local ties

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Many classic cars crossed the auction block in Greensboro Friday - and many a great story to go along with them.

One in particular has a connection to a local man - along with the greatest drag racers of all time.

In 1960, Jack Ashley owned a race car driven by a young guy he'd known for years, Burlington's Ronnie Sox.

That led Jack to order a new ride. A pretty special 1961 Pontiac Ventura.

The car wasn't supposed to exist though. Only 16 were built - and this was the very first one.

The car is now valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and it's up for sale at the GAA Classic Cars auction in Greensboro.

Sox passed away in 2006, but Jack Ashley was able to attend the auction and see the car one last time.

After it crosses the auction block, the rare Pontiac will end up in a major collection.

The auction rolled into Greensboro Thursday bringing together more than 450 classics under one roof.

The auction continues 10 a.m. Saturday at The Palace, 301 Norwalk Street.

Gates open at 8 a.m.

It’s not too late to register and car enthusiasts can purchase $15 tickets to check out the classics without having to bid.

For registration information, visit www.gaaclassiccars.com.

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