Lot 51
1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona



• 1 of only 70 Hemi Daytonas produced in 1969
• 1 of approximately 39 cars known to exist
• Documented with the broadcast sheet
• Less than 21,200 original miles
• One of only two known examples in F6 Spring Green Metallic
• 426/425 HP Hemi V-8 engine

426 cid OHV Hemi V-8 engine, dual Carter AFB four-barrel carburetors, 425 HP at 5,000 RPM, TorqueFlite 727 automatic transmission, front disc brakes, rear drums, independent front wishbone suspension with torsion bars and shock absorbers, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and shock absorbers

The Dodge Charger Daytona represents one of the most interesting chapters in both American motorsports and automobile production. Although there were limited edition race-oriented vehicles from other manufacturers prior to its arrival, the Daytona’s highly visible changes took things to a never-before-seen level for production cars. To allow it to race, the factory had been mandated by the rules committee ACCUS (not NASCAR) to release 500 street-legal examples available for public purchase for body homologation. The Daytona is one of that small group of cars, which reportedly were built at a $1,500-per-unit loss to Dodge. Yet, this beautiful 1969 Daytona is far more exclusive than simply being one of hundreds. In terms of its powertrain, it is 1 of only 70 cars that got the expensive and ultimate Chrysler engine option: the 426/425 HP Hemi with its dual AFB carburetors, large dimensions and NASCAR legacy. In terms of its appearance, this remarkable and ledgendary car was one of merely two Hemi models painted in F6 Spring Green. Those factors alone would play into the rarity of this car. Add that it is showing less than 21,200 miles with the original driveline still intact, and suddenly it is easy to understand why this car deserves the title “exclusive.”

Beyond the Daytona’s dramatic streamlined nose treatment and high rear wing, these cars were upscale R/T models to start with. The F6 Spring Green (also referred to as Bright Green Metallic) paint was a new release starting in mid-1968 and the muscular look carries over to the 15-inch steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps, and contrasts boldly with the black “DAYTONA” rear stripe. Drip-rail and body-belt moldings, chrome outside mirrors and “HEMI” door callouts complete the exterior package. The paint is original in many interior locations within this car; the exterior panels, which are the original sheet metal, benefited from a later, professionally applied repaint. Having the factory Hemi engine intact is critical to value on these cars, and this one shows the correct numbers on driveline mechanicals and proper date-codes on most of the smaller details. Indeed, the engine bay itself has never been repainted, and most serviceable components were simply cleaned and reinstalled. This car uses the A32 Super Performance Axle package with a TorqueFlite transmission and 4.10:1 Sure Grip differential, and has the 26-inch radiator design, power steering and power front disc brakes.

Sold new at Vern Holmes, Inc. in Long Beach, California, with its accessories verifiable by the original fender tag and a factory broadcast sheet, this car is also very plush inside. The original black-vinyl bucket seats are in excellent original condition, along with a center console with extra-cost clock, podded factory gauges, including the tachometer, variable speed wipers and door panels. Woodgrain treatment to the steering wheel, floor shift knob and applique details on the dash and console complete the picture of brute elegance.

Accompanying the car are an original factory broadcast sheet and the fender tag documenting its authenticity. A former magazine feature car, this low mileage, well-preserved Hemi Charger Daytona is one of the most iconic cars of the muscle car era. Coveted and sought-after, it would be a cornerstone of any collection of significant American cars.

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