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Lot Number
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1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $600,000 - $800,000
CHASSIS NO: XX29J9B402970
• Accompanied by Chrysler Broadcast Sheet, retains original fender tag
• Outstanding and expertly maintained restoration; buckets, console, PS
• Original engine and sheetmetal
• Rare as 1 of just some 70 Hemi Daytonas built
• Outstanding example of Chrysler’s outrageous NASCAR “Aero Warrior”
• Inspected and documented by Mopar expert David Wise

426 cid Hemi V-8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, 727 Torqueflite three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 115”


During the late 1960s, as the 426-cid NASCAR Hemi engine reached its development zenith, Chrysler engineers realized raw horsepower was no longer enough to win. Richard Petty may have won 27 of 49 races during 1968 in his Plymouth Satellite, but the startling speeds of Ford’s Torino fastbacks enticed Petty to switch to Ford in 1969. Now, Chrysler’s only hope of beating Ford on the fast NASCAR superspeedways was to drastically improve aerodynamics. The limited-production 1969 Dodge Charger 500 was Chrysler’s first shot in the NASCAR “Aero Wars;” however FoMoCo’s Ford’s new Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler were even faster. In response, Chrysler engineers returned to the wind tunnel – in fact, the Lockheed-Georgia wind tunnel, constructed as NASA’s Apollo space program wound down. To reduce lift and generate downforce up front, a wedge-shaped 18-inch nose cone and small lip spoiler were grafted onto the Charger. The smooth rear roof and window of the ‘500’ remained and a huge aluminum rear wing was added, towering 33 inches over the trunk to plant the tail of the car while enhancing stability. Pop-up headlamps, a small but effective mesh radiator grille, and special stainless windshield trim were other tweaks applied to the Daytona. In testing at Chrysler’s Chelsea Proving Grounds, Charlie Glotzbach hit 204 mph, proving the Daytona’s effectiveness. While first intended for the 1970 season, the Daytona was fast-tracked for the inaugural Talladega ‘500’ race on September 14, 1969. Daytona production was scheduled to begin June 10, 1969 and delivery of 500 examples was required to qualify for NASCAR. Doubters were silenced with the new Daytona winning at its Talladega debut. Buddy Baker was the first NASCAR driver to exceed 200 mph on March 24, 1970 in his Daytona and Bobby Isaacs won 11 races that year to win the NASCAR championship. According to published sources, 503 Daytonas were built in all, with far fewer powered by Chrysler’s legendary 426 Hemi V-8, as few as 70 cars (22 four-speed and 48 automatic) for the U.S. market. This is one of those precious few top-of-the-line Hemi cars originally built.

In addition to its 426 Hemi/Torqueflite powertrain, this exceedingly rare Hemi Daytona’s original fender tag confirms that it remains true to its factory specification. Provenance traces back to the original owner, a young man from Missouri with a reportedly extra-legal business enterprise and a penchant for a fast and flashy ride. Sale paperwork dated 1971, and executed by his mother, documents the sale of the Daytona to the second owner, who placed the car into storage and retained it until 1988, when the third owner acquired it and restored the car to its original condition. During restoration, the Daytona’s original sheet metal and mechanicals were refreshed and some worn interior pieces were replaced. The original engine powers this car. An original automatic car, it does have a replacement Torqueflite transmission, understandable given the hard use these cars experienced during their early years. After the restoration was completed, the owner showed the car at premier events including the 1988 Winged Warriors/Daytona Superbird Auto Club meet, where it took First Place in the restored stock Daytona Class, repeating the feat through 1990. Numerous other top show honors followed. From 1990 through 2003, the Daytona changed hands three more times before being purchased by the consignor, a Mopar collector and expert. As offered, the Daytona benefits from the proper care of true collectors and remains as restored. The odometer shows only 31,350 miles at the time of writing, believed original. Documents include the original Chrysler Production Broadcast Sheet, plus the aforementioned 1971-dated sale paperwork, restoration receipts, and prior registrations. Additionally, it has been inspected and authenticated by Mopar expert Dave Wise, who documented his findings in the report that comes with the car. Outstanding in presentation, extremely rare, and carrying fascinating provenance, this Hemi Daytona is one of the finest available.

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi
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