Out of all of the muscle cars that came out of the late 1960s, perhaps none are as instantly recognizable as Chrysler’s aero-cars. Whether you’re talking about the Plymouth Superbird or the Dodge Charger Daytona, both of these NASCAR racers played a role in revolutionizing motorsports here in the United States. With their sharp nose cones and utterly gigantic rear wings, these homologated Hemi-powered machines have become incredibly valuable, particularly when dealing with a genuine race car. Now thanks to the folks over at Mecum, someone with a lot of cash will have a chance to take home this 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona racer. As if that wasn’t already special enough, this particular Hemi Daytona was the first Dodge to break the 200 mph barrier in a race.
This 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona wears serial number DC-93, and was known internally at Chrysler as the “Blue Car”. It was raced in NASCAR wearing No. 88 on its flanks, which it retains to this day The car was raced over the years by folks such as Buddy Baker, Paul Goldsmith, Charlie Glotzbach, Bobby Allison, Dan Gurney, Bobby Isaac and James Hylton. It was Buddy Baker however who held the honor of setting the first official lap speed of 200.447 MPH on March 24,1970 at Talladega. Not only was this the first time that a Dodge had broken 200 MPH in a race, it was the first time that any manufacturer had done so. That record came just six months after Glotzbach took pole with a 199.446 MPH run at the inaugural Talladega 500 in 1969, also driving DC-93.
This 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona is powered by a numbers-matching 426 Hemi V8, which produces 575 horsepower thanks to some help from a Holley Dominator carburetor and a “Bathtub” Hemi intake. Power is fed to a four-speed manual gearbox, which is period correct like all of the bodywork, wheels and other mechanical details. The No. 88 car was fully restored over the course of several years by one Ray Evernham and his team, and comes complete with a letter of authenticity from George M. Wallace. Wallace was a Chrysler Racing engineer who worked on the Hemi Daytona in-period.
Mecum currently has this 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona guided for between $750,000 – $1,000,000. That is a ton of money, but an absolute bargain for such a historic NASCAR racer. When we think of the Daytona, this is the car responsible for everything. It was the car that helped develop the aero package, it was the one that broke 205 mph in Chelsea, and this was the car that held that 200 MPH record around the super speedway for years. It simply doesn’t get any cooler than that folks.