There were just 503 built for the sole purpose of NASCAR domination, and there are few collector cars that have such a true connection to American motorsport than the “Winged Warriors” of the late 1960s.
This particular example presents an excellent opportunity for an investor enthusiast to enter the most exclusive muscle car sector at a relatively low price – taking on this fascinating restoration project.
The car is a one owner example, which has been in storage since 1973. It comes with a very interesting story as to how the original sale came about - which we will leave for you to hear from the seller directly. Various parts have been removed for clean-up and restoration throughout the years, but the project has never been finished, and all parts remain factory original. There are so few unrestored examples of these cars, it’s perhaps also just as desirable to get the car running in its current condition, as a true original survivor. The seller notes that all parts are there ready to re-fit or refurbish as desired by the next lucky owner.
The Daytona was the high performance version of the Dodge Charger, which was introduced as the motorsport successor to the 1968 Dodge Charger 500. This high performance limited edition lived up to every bit of its extreme design, winning its debut race event – the famous Talladega 500. The Daytona was also the first NASCAR to break 200mph, accomplished by driver Buddy Baker at Talladega in 1970. In total, the Daytona won six NASCAR events, and cemented its position as one of the most successful American performance cars of all time. Sadly, these cars were eventually banned from NASCAR due to rule changes limiting aerodynamic modifications – and so prematurely ended the Daytona's career potential.
The 503 Daytonas all originally started out as Charger 500s off the assembly line, but were sent to a third party fabricator who undertook major modifications. The most prominent of those modifications are the 23-inch rear wing and the "aero nose cone" that replaced the traditional Charger front end. Other body modifications included a flush rear backlight (rear window area), a window cap that covered the original Charger's recessed rear window, custom front fenders and hood, stainless A-pillar covers and fender mounted cooling scoops for the brakes – among any other subtle differences.
This example has its original 440cu Magnum engine, and full Charger R/T trim specification. It also retains its factory paint - possibly “Charger Red” (#R4) or “Hemi Orange (##V2), and black vinyl trim. The car is located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA. To inspect or discuss the vehicle, please login and contact the seller, Sherry, using the contact seller button at the top of this page. Alternatively, send us an email at email@example.com and we'll put you in touch.