The Plymouth Superbird might have been the one to entice Richard Petty to come back to Chrysler for racing in NASCAR, but it was the Dodge Charger Daytona that reached the famed 200-mile-per-hour mark first.
However, before Chrysler could get the vehicle on a race track, it had to homologate a bunch for the road, leading to the creation of the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona.
For a brief period of time Dodge dealerships were allowed to custom order Daytona from the factory, and that’s what happened to this one, which was delivered to Dodge City Inc in Phoenix Arizona.
After surviving over 50 years on this earth, the machine is now for sale at an upcoming Mecum auction where it could fetch up to $1.3 million. With a price like that, there could be no other engine under the hood than a 426 Hemi, and in a similar vein when you’re paying that much money for a collectible Mopar muscle car the only acceptable transmission is an A833 four-speed.
It wouldn’t take much to get those skinny tires spinning, but if you wanted to in a hurry the 426 can send all 425 horsepower to both rear wheels thanks to a Dana 60 rear axle with a 4.10 gear ratio and a limited-slip differential, which was part of the A34 super track pack.
Part of the reason for this car’s value is because it’s the most highly optioned Daytona in the world of its kind, meaning that it either has the largest fender tag of any wing car. It was also one of just 22 wing cars that came out of the factory with a Hemi and the four-speed.
The list of options of the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona goes on and on, with Dodge City ticking the option box for the N51 Max Cooling package, N85 Tic Toc Tach, G11 tinted glass, R22 AM/8 track radio, P31 power windows, S81 wood grain steering wheel, AO1 light group, G33 remote left-hand mirror, C55 headrest bucket seats, and C62 6-way adjustable driver’s seat.
The vehicle was professionally restored a few years ago with an emphasis on keeping the original sheet metal intact, rather than using replacement parts. The interior is also an extremely important piece of the puzzle, as this is the only Daytona known to exist with a C6G green vinyl bucket seat interior.
To top it all off, it’s finished in F8 dark green with a matching set of steel wheels wrapped in redline tires, and a black wing.