The late 1960s witnessed an exhilarating era in NASCAR history, where Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation engaged in fierce competition, both on the race track and in the production of powerful race-inspired road cars. This period blurred the boundary between race cars and street vehicles, giving birth to homologated versions of high-performance racing machines available to the public.
In a recent video from the YouTube channel Auto Archaeology, a remarkable barn find collection has been unveiled, reigniting the glory days of the aero wars and sparking excitement among automotive enthusiasts.
The collection, meticulously assembled by the owner who interned at Holman Moody and developed a deep love for Aero Warriors, consists of numerous barn finds from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Additionally, the owner scoured dealership back lots and junkyards across the South, rescuing these iconic cars from the jaws of destruction. Without his intervention, many of these automotive gems would have met a tragic fate.
One standout treasure among the unearthed vehicles is a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona painted in the iconic B5 Blue color and adorned with a striking white stripe. Currently undergoing restoration, this remarkable find features an elegant blue interior and an imposing wing on the rear, concealing a mighty 7.2-liter (440 cubic-inch) V8 engine expertly paired with an automatic transmission.
Accompanying the Charger Daytona are several Plymouth Superbirds, each in varying states of disrepair. These iconic vehicles boast the distinctive aerodynamic nose and imposing wing that set them apart. One Superbird in the collection, with its vinyl roof removed and the nose stripped, is currently undergoing restoration, showcasing the dedication to reviving these rare and potent road-going race cars.
The barn find collection also includes a fleet of 1969 Ford Torino Talladegas, which exemplify a more streamlined version of the iconic muscle car. Alongside them, the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler, a sibling variant marketed by Mercury, adds an extra touch of exclusivity. Produced in limited quantities, with rumors suggesting fewer than 800 were manufactured in the initial months of 1969, these vehicles radiate power and elegance. Equipped with power steering, brakes, and AM radio, they represent the perfect blend of performance and refinement.
While not every vehicle in the barn find collection will undergo restoration, a couple have weathered the test of time and remain in decent condition, beckoning restoration enthusiasts.