The Monte Carlo caught fire near exit 312 to N.C. Highway 42 around 12:45 p.m., driver Bill Macy said. Crews from the Cleveland Fire Department responded.
Firefighters said the car was fully engulfed by flames when they arrived, creating a scary scene. However, crews were able to quickly put out the fire.
Authorities closed all but one lane I-40 East in the area, temporarily backing up traffic.
Macy said the Monte Carlo was his pride and joy. He had recently finished restoring it to operating condition and installed new tires, Macy said.