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1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Project Car – Part 3

This is Part 3 of the story on our new 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Project Car. In future Parts we will update you on the Project Car itself and the restoration process. (Start with Part 1)

This Daytona is a very rare example that disappeared from public view for approximately 30 years. The initial assembly of the Dodge Daytona began as a 1969 Charger RT at the factory on May 29, 1969. It then went to Creative Industries for completion of its conversion into a Daytona and was shipped to Bill Breck Dodge in Colorado Springs on August 26, 1969. It was the 140th Daytona shipped from Creative Industries. If anyone has any additional knowledge, photos or information on this car I would greatly appreciate being contacted at rfleener@comcast.net or call Richard at 615-848-0035. I would especially like to talk with or get information on the original owner.

This Daytona left the factory as a T7 paint code dark metallic bronze 440 cubic inch 4-speed with tan interior. Most of these cars were painted in the brighter colors and came with automatic transmissions. Sold new in Colorado Springs to a US Army soldier for $4,500, evidence strongly suggests that it enjoyed a serious drag racing life. When the soldier shipped off to the Nuremberg Army Base in Germany in 1972 the Daytona went with him. This big US car with its strange nose and huge rear wing must have been quite a site in Germany.

By this time the Daytona had a special transmission, traction bars and other modifications added to further enhance its speed and acceleration. Around 1973 the original owner sold it for $2,000 to another US Army soldier on the Nuremberg base who did an orange repaint on the car. He also shredded the Dana 60 rear end during a drag race. It was replaced with the smaller 8 ¾” rear that was still in the car when it was discovered in southern California in 2013.  The original Dana gear ratio had been changed to a 4.56 when it was destroyed. The new replacement gear was a 3.23 ratio.

The second owner was not mechanically inclined. By 1975 he had a wife and a small baby. The Daytona was always breaking down and he desperately needed a more reliable car to take his family out on cruises. In steps his friend who would become the Daytona’s third owner. His friend loved speed and had a great reliable 1966 Ford Galaxie, for $600 and the Galaxie the third owner took possession. The new owner has stated that the car was the first American car in the Nuremberg 250 km/h Club. This was a club for cars and owners who were able to maintain speeds in excess of 250 km/h (156.43 mph) on the German Autobahn! 250 km/h was terribly fast back then, only in the realm of Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, the new-at-the-time 911 Turbo, BMW CSL, etc. and the Dodge Daytona.

The following is a portion of the story as reported in the April 1977 Winged Warriors Newsletter:

Continued in Part 4

 

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About the Author: I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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  1. Karen Blehm says:

    I drove this car during high school in 1983 until my brother blew the transmission. It was a lot of fun and of the 6 kids in our familiy I was the only one allowed to drive it dailey. I can’t wait to see the car fully restored. My dad bought the car sometime in the 70’s and always wanted to have it restored. It was always garaged and still in remarkable condition upon his passing at which time my mother chose to sell the car so it could be restored the way my dad always wanted.

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