The NASCAR “Aero Wars” produced a number of the wildest-looking muscle automobiles ever, on monitor or off. A type of automobiles, a 1969 Dodge Daytona with a real racing historical past, is heading to public sale at Mecum’s 2021 Orlando, Florida, occasion, scheduled for July 29-31.
The Dodge Charger Daytona was developed to win races on NASCAR ovals. After realizing its second-generation Charger was about as aerodynamic because the manufacturing unit that constructed it, Dodge launched the slipperier Charger 500, earlier than going all-in with the Daytona. NASCAR homologation guidelines have been stricter again within the late 1960s, so Dodge truly needed to construct a small variety of Daytona street automobiles, boasting the identical nostril cone and rear wing because the race automobiles.
Charger Daytona street automobiles are spectacular in their very own proper, however this an precise race automotive. It was constructed as an ordinary Charger and raced by James Hylton from 1967 till mid-1970, in line with the itemizing. It was then bought by nation singer Marty Robbins, who had it transformed right into a Daytona for the 1970 Nationwide 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona NASCAR (Photograph by Mecum Auctions)
That was the one time the automotive raced in Daytona configuration, and it was ultimately misplaced earlier than being rediscovered in 2005, the itemizing mentioned. It was then handled to a rotisserie restoration by legendary NASCAR crew chief and staff proprietor Ray Evernham’s Massive Iron Storage.
In its restored kind, the Charger is powered by a 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8, which drives the rear wheels by a 4-speed guide transmission and a bolstered Chrysler “floating” rear finish.
The Charger Daytona wasn’t the one NASCAR inventory automotive with excessive aero. Dodge sibling model Plymouth quickly joined in with its Superbird, whereas the Blue Oval fired again with the Ford Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II. Ford additionally developed an excellent wilder Torino King Cobra, nevertheless it by no means noticed motion. NASCAR shortly clamped down on the aero automobiles due to issues about excessively excessive speeds.