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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spotted: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona


1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Saw this at a cruise night in Marmora, Ontario, last summer. Thought it was a Plymouth Superbird until I got up close, but the Daytona predates the Superbird by a year. If you’re interested in the engineering behind it, there’s some good information on the Allpar website—lots of other historical material and photos too. Seems this was the most aerodynamic car around and would have been even more so without the spoiler which was needed to keep the back end down at high speeds.

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
Photo by Kate Tompkins
I guess I’m not the only one that thinks the spoiler looks over the top. A Hemmings article on the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona (also loaded with great info) says Dodge’s general manager, Bob McCurry, was said to have called it ugly, but still wanted it built so they could take it racing. And race it did. With Buddy Baker at the wheel, it set a speed record of 200.447 mph at the Talladega track the following spring. By NASCAR rules, any car raced had to be available as a production car, so, again according to Hemming, Dodge shipped out 503 of them to US dealers and 40 to Canada.

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