1969 Dodge Charger Daytona NASCAR race car heads to auction

Published on 6/12/2021 1:48:38 AM

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That was the only time the car raced in Daytona configuration, and it was eventually lost before being rediscovered in 2005, the listing said. It was then treated to a rotisserie restoration by legendary NASCAR crew chief and team owner Ray Evernham’s Big Iron Garage.

In its restored form, the Charger is powered by a 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8, which drives the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission and a reinforced Chrysler “floating” rear end.

The Charger Daytona wasn’t the only NASCAR stock car with extreme aero. Dodge sibling brand Plymouth soon joined in with its Superbird, while the Blue Oval fired back with the Ford Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II. Ford also developed an even wilder Torino King Cobra, but it never saw action. NASCAR quickly clamped down on the aero cars because of concerns about excessively high speeds.