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1969 Dodge Daytona Original Preview Article; CARS Magazine

Last time we reminded you of the up coming Aero Car Reunion at the Tim Welborn Museum in Alexander City AL and at the Talladega Speedway. This time we want to give you a peak at our ride for that event, our 1969 Dodge Nuremberg Daytona. This is the car restoration you have been following for the past couple of years on this web site. However, we also wanted to show you what the media was saying about these cars back in 1969.


1969 Dodge Charger Nuremberg Daytona, restored.
1969 Dodge Charger Nuremberg Daytona, restored.

Below are some copies of an article that was published in CARS magazine in September of 1969. The story is about a pre-production prototype Dodge Daytona. It reveals some details about the new car that are far from what the resulting production car incorporated. Some of these “specs” remain as unfounded misconceptions about these rare cars today.

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This cover of CARS shows the new Dodge Charger Daytona. However, look closely and it is not quite right. First off, the headline of  “70 Dodge Daytona Charger” is obviously not right. It is a 69 Dodge Daytona Charger! The hood pins are incorrectly placed, there is some strange pin in the middle of the hood and the reverse fender scoops are missing. The grill is black where on the production cars it was body colored.

Read the text below and see if you can spot the errors. Let’s see how well you know these cars.


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ERRORS: Arguably, the “homely Charger 500” was far from homely; the Daytona hood is not longer; the nose is not fiberglass, it is all steel with the exception of the headlight doors which are fiberglass; the hood does not have a fresh air intake and the wheel wells openings are not larger!

Here is another part of the article.


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How true.

Here is more.

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Here is a photo of an early race car version, note the slightly different shape to the nose.
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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville 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 out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine 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. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. 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 working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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