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Land Parcel and Building for Sale Online

Drag Racing Hall of Famer Bill Ellis sells old NASCAR Auto Shop

WILKESBORO, N.C., Sept. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AuctionDeals today announced the sale of a 24-acre land parcel and building in Wilkes County, Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The bidding is open to the public and can be viewed on the online surplus auction website

Bill Ellis Automotive
  Front Exterior


Bill Ellis Automotive
  Front Exterior



The land parcel is zoned as a general business park B-2 and has been divided up into 26 lots, including a 100×150-foot parking area. The parcel is located on a frontage road off US Highway 421, which serves as the route connecting the beaches of Wilmington to the mountains in Blowing Rock.

The building is 10,000 square feet and is currently being used as a truck sales and automotive center. The building set up includes two offices, two restrooms, and a parts storage room. The service area includes two floor lifts, three bays with 14-foot doors to fit tractor trailer height trucks, and four bays with 10-foot doors to fit medium-duty height trucks.

Historic Significance

This property was originally purchased by Bill Ellis. Mr. Ellis was an engineer and builder of race cars for many famous NASCAR drivers and opened his race shop on the property in 1965. On the property, he built race cars for drivers including Richard Brickhouse, Junior Johnson and Jim Paschal, including the winning car driven by Brickhouse in the inaugural Talladega 500. Also notable, Johnson, an inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, was born in Wilkes County and is famously credited for discovering the drafting technique used by many race car drivers today. Nicknamed “The Last American Hero” Johnson won many races in 1966 and 1967 in cars built by Mr. Ellis on this property.

Mr. Ellis not only built cars for NASCAR drivers, but also raced himself. Driving for Paschal, Mr. Ellis won many races and earned a place in the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame, before retiring to dedicate his time to his race shop.

In 1974, Mr. Ellis and his son, Jeff, changed the business from the race shop to the truck center it serves as today. 

“I have loved co-owning and operating this business with my dad over the last 40+ years and know that whoever buys this place will have a great business location for years to come,” Jeff Ellis tells us.

If you would like to place a bid on this property, you must be a registered bidder on Bidder registration is easy and free and can be completed on the AuctionDeals bidder registration page.

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Media Contact:

Angela Jones
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Jeff Ellis
Bill Ellis Automotive, Inc.
(336) 973-3131
[email protected]


Source: Liquidity Services, Inc.