1969 Dodge Daytona, Doug Schellinger (Note: Doug has since sold this car but now owns the Ramo Stott ARCA Dodge Daytona Race Car in our Feature Car section, Click Here and check it out.)
Doug is the man behind the Daytona-Superbird Auto Club Talladega & Cyclone Spoiler Registry (firstname.lastname@example.org). Here is what he has to say about this terrific rare car.
Richard, here is some information on the Daytona. Go ahead and list Doug Schellinger as the owner, and if you list any kind of email, use The photo of the young lady next to the car was taken at the Mopar Nationals in Indianapolis 1984. The model was Miss Direct Connection.
Our 1969 Dodge Daytona is very much an early 1970’s time capsule. It is an original Hemi Orange car repainted early-on. It was sold new in Centralia Washington and was purchased new by a young man from nearby Chehalis. He had been looking for a Dodge Daytona, and knowing they were very limited production, he took this car regardless of color or options. He paid approximately $4300 which was probably very close to full sticker. The car is a 440 4-bbl with a 4-speed.
In the early 1970’s, the car was repainted a darker reddish orange with gold fogging on all the Dodge Charger body lines. The center grille was chromed and the engine compartment was dressed up. The interior has unique pleated seat inserts I’ve never seen on another Charger. A set of American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels and 15″ Polyglas tires filled out the wheel wells nicely. Out back, the Daytona stripe was replaced with a custom gold metallic stripe – and curiously, a chrome plated bumper hitch.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the original owner who confirmed the purpose of the trailer hitch. At the time, he also owned a drag boat powered by a blown Pontiac 421 The car and boat were painted as a matched pair – kind of a show rig. This explained the very heavy gold metalflake on the rear stripe which looks a lot like what you’d see on the gel coat of a boat. The original owner says he has photos of the car and boat – perhaps soon we can share them here. It must have been an impressive sight.
The original owner kept the car ten years, and eventually sold the car to his cousin for exactly what he paid for it – not bad for a ten year old used car. About six months later, my father bought the Dodge Daytona in October 1979 with 59,000 miles on the clock and drove it back to Wisconsin from Washington state. Aside from a problem with the ignition points and one muffler falling off, it was an uneventful but noisy trip.
After showing the car locally for several years, in 1986, the car entered long term storage for most of the next fifteen years. My father passed away in 1993, and it was not until 2000 that the Dodge Daytona saw the road again. It required going through the brakes, rear axle, and sleeving the four piston calipers in stainless, replacing one head gasket and the gas tank. The old L-60-15 Polyglas tires were shot, and although I hope to put the old mags back on, the car is running conventional Magnum 500 wheels as when new. Otherwise, the car is all numbers matching, and very much like it was almost forty years ago.
The most common questions about the car today are predictably, “When was it painted?”, “What’s with the trailer hitch?”, and finally, ” Are you planning on restoring it to stock? Honestly, I’ve resisted the temptation to restore the car back to stock, mainly because it has a story to tell as it is. The car would probably would be worth more restored to bone stock, but that is not important to me. Frankly, the car is still a lot of fun to drive and enjoy it as it is.
If that is not enough to impress you, take a look at this line up out front of Doug’s house! How about a Dodge Daytona and a Plymouth Superbird with Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II thrown in for company?
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