This 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Is Beyond Special
It’s said to be just one of 22 thanks to its extensive list of optionsby Robert Moore, on LISTEN 03:08
The Dodge Charger Daytona was basically a homologation special that Dodge was forced to build so that it could compete in NASCAR. Despite its slightly off appearance, that massive rear wing and the nosecone were so effective that it was quickly banned from racing, but not before it racked up a handful of wins, of course. The car you see here is just one of 70 examples that were built in 1969 with the 426 Hemi V-8, but that’s not where this car’s claim to rarity ends.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona – Just One of 20
The 426 Hemi under the hood featured a pair of Carted AFB four-barrel carburetors and the N51 Max Cooling Package with a 26-inch radiator, seven-inch fan, and a power steering cooler. It was designed to be the best of the best, and while this car is one of just 70 to feature this engine, it’s the transmission that makes it truly special, as it’s equipped with the A833 four-speed manual transmission, making it just one of 22 built in 1969. So, yeah, this Dodge Charger Daytona is quite rare.
The original purchaser pretty much left no option box unchecked, so this car also has the “Super Trak Pak,” which was only available for cars with the 440 and 426 V-8 with the four-speed. It added the Dana 60 4.10 rear end and the Sure-Grip limited-slip differential. The most mesmerizing thing about this car is, arguably, the F8 Dark Green Metallic exterior finish along with matching steel wheels and the black-accented rear quarters and rear spoiler. The interior also matches with C6G Green as the primary color and bucket seats.
Other options included the C16 woodgrain center console, P31 factory-installed power windows, six-way adjustable driver’s seat, tinted glass, and the Chrysler Solid State AM radio with an 8-track player. There’s also an N85 tachometer, remote left-hand mirror, A01 Light Package, and the locking gas cap to tie the whole package together. As I said, there was no expense spared when this puppy was ordered. It was built in Chryslers Hamtramck plant and shipped new to Dodge City, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona. Unfortunately, time wasn’t that friendly to this rare beast, so a few years back, it was put through a full restoration process with the main emphasis of that restoration placed on preserving the original sheet metal.
This car is heading to Mecum’s Indy Sale auction on May 13-21. It will include a copy of the original broadcast sheet as well as the Chrysler Registry Report. There’s no estimated selling price given by Mecum, but it’s considered a main attraction, and it’s unbelievably clean, so when you add in its level of rarity, it should fetch quite a tidy sum when it crosses the auction block. Even if you’re not a bidder, this is definitely one to keep an eye on for sure.