Most of you likely know what a 1969 Dodge Daytona is but do you know at a 1969 Dodge 500 is?
In 1969 Dodge wanted to clean up on the NASCAR Ford and Mercury cars. In 1968 the more aerodynamic Blue Oval cars stomped on the Mopars. Dodge came out with the Charger 500 for the Daytona race in February and was shocked to see the new for 1969 Ford Talladega.
Dodge thought they had done enough with the Charger 500 to win some races but the Talladega went a little further. As a result in a few months Dodge came back with the sloped nose and winged Daytona. The race was on!
So exactly what makes the Charger 500 different? There are two main features you want to look for. At the front the grill is pushed out flush with the edge of the hood and front fenders rather than being recessed back several inches. In the rear the back window is slanted and installed flush with the rear sail panels on the roof. These two chances make the 69 Charger much more aerodynamic.
The grill would soon be replace with the Daytona’s extended nose but the rear window would carry over to the new aero warrior.
For my part, I actually like the 500 more than the Daytona. It is much more streetable and will slip right by most observers as just another Charger.
This gorgeous example is owned by Jerry and Ann Narramore and was photographed at the 2008 Monster Mopar Nationals in St Louis. They are only the second owners of the car and purchased it in March of 1971.
It is powered by the monster 426 425 hp Hemi with a 727 Automatic and 3.55 gears.