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Flashback Fridays – 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona

Born from the failure of the Dodge Charger 500 on NASCAR’s premier super-speedways, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was built with pure performance in mind. With its distinctive styling and racecar power, it’s no surprise the 1969 Dodge Daytona is still among the most collectible and sought-after muscle cars on the market.

 

A Supercharged Charger

1969-Dodge-Hemi-DaytonaThe Dodge Hemi Daytona was built on the 1969 Dodge Charger 500 base although its many aerodynamic modifications significantly altered its appearance. The most iconic change was the addition of a 23-inch rear deck stabilizer wing and a front nose cone that replaced and streamlined the stock Charger’s flatter grille. Several smaller trim modifications helped to complete the long, sleek aesthetic and improve aerodynamics on the track. Under the hood, the Daytona featured a powerful 426 Hemi V-8 engine producing upwards of 425 horsepower.

 

A Proven Track Record

When Dodge introduced the 1969 Daytona to the world of NASCAR, it didn’t take long to announce the arrival of the modified Charger. The car took home a victory in the 1969 Talladega 500, but the race is most notable because many of the sport’s best drivers refused to participate. Less than a year later, Buddy Baker used his 1969 Daytona to become the first driver ever to eclipse 200 miles per hour in a NASCAR race. Along with other “Winged Warriors” such as the 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II and 1970 Plymouth Superbird, the Dodge Daytona helped to revolutionize the world of NASCAR. The era of the aero-cars was short-lived, however, as NASCAR passed rule changes to outlaw the cars after the 1970 season.

 

1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona – Rarefied Air

The 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona occupies a unique and fascinating niche in the history of both NASCAR and American muscle cars in general. The bad news for car enthusiasts hoping to own a piece of racing history is that the 1969 Dodge Daytona is quite rare. The Hemi-powered 1969 Daytona is even scarcer; fewer than a dozen original 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytonas are currently known to exist. These classic muscle cars don’t surface very often, but they command a substantial price when they do: Dodge Hemi Daytonas routinely fetch $300,000 or more when they hit auction.

 

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