Publish date: 2015-12-14 10:43:30
Name: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 426 V-8 Hemi 4-speed
Year(s) Produced: 1968-1969
Number Built: 503
Class: Sports car
Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe
Engine: Chrysler Hemi 426
Power: 425hp @ 5000 RPM
0-60mph: 5.6 seconds
Top Speed: 146 mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 226 in/76.7 in/53 in
Wheelbase: 117 in.
Base Price: N/A
Current Value: US$48,500 (Hagerty)
Quick question: will you still ignore an unassuming, totally wasted rust bucket of a car sitting idly for decades inside a far away barn if it happens to be worth at $180,000?
Well, I guess the answer is obvious for a Greenwood, Alabama man who happened to discover this treasure trove of a muscle car in a barn roughly 60 miles south of Montgomery. How did this lucky guy made such a discovery? Like any other great barn finds – mostly by accident. He was actually eyeing on a different car nearby when he was pointed to the barn that housed the rusting 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. Knowing what its worth for, he convinced the old barn owner to sell the iconic relic to him, sold it to a restoration specialist and now is set for auction where its estimated top bid value may well be between $150,000 to $180,000.
So what makes this moss-covered, rust bucket so valuable? Even in such condition, the fact is, it is one of the very rare (1 out 503 to be exact) Chargers Daytonas that Dodge built during the latter part of the 60s for the very purpose of racing according to NASCAR standards. It was a muscle car built specifically for speed and endurance.
Though not clearly visible, this Charger has flame –painted front fenders (done by the second owner who bought it in 1974) , and a 440 Magnum V-8 engine block rated at 375hp. With just 20,553 miles at the clock, the next owner will have to spend additional for delicate cleaning and restoring it to showroom standards. Only then we can probably see this icon fly the streets again. This 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona will hit the hammer next month at the Mecum Kissimmee 2016 auction. Check this photo of the same model Charger that was used in Fast and Furious 6. What do you think?