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There’s A Porsche 911, Too.

Dodge Charger Wing C3 Corvette

With their radical aerodynamic bodywork, the original 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and 1970 Plymouth Superbird are some of the most instantly recognizable muscle cars to this day. And these high-winged Aero Warriors are also incredibly rare. Born out of NASCAR homologation rules that required a minimum number of 500 of these vehicles to be built and sold for the public, they were designed with the sole purpose of winning races around the circle track.

To the point: The ’69 Charger Daytona was the first car to go 200 miles per hour in NASCAR on March 24, 1970, at Talladega Speedway, with Buddy Baker behind the wheel. The Daytona ended up winning just two races in 1969, but took the checkered in four of them in the 1970 season. Another eight victories belonged to the Superbird, all in its only year of production: 1970.

Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Daytona

It didn’t take very long before NASCAR ended up banning the radical aero technology, effectively restricting the winning formula in 1971. Sad. Yet the iconic design of the original Dodge Charger Daytona continues to haunt the minds of muscle car enthusiasts and designers alike. For example, a Kia Motors Europe exterior designer with the Instagram handle marcell_sebestyen took the signature wing from the Daytona, and applied it to a few vehicles: A C3 Corvette Stingray, and a new 2020 Porsche 911. Looking at the images, we can’t help but think how the C3 ever escaped its life span without a sheetmetal picnic table for a wing. And that Porsche is no slouch, either.

Dodge currently pays homage to the original Daytona with the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition. The four-door Mopar mega muscle car separates itself from the rest of the lineup with unique colors and decals, as well as unique interior stitch work. More importantly, engineers managed to squeeze out another 10 horsepower from the 6.2L supercharged Hellcat V8 engine, bringing the grand total to 717 horsepower. If you want to know more, we were lucky enough to pilot the 2020 Dodge Charger Daytona Hellcat 50th Anniversary Edition around Sonoma Raceway last fall. You can read all about it here.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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