A special car is getting ready to cross the Mecum Monterey auction block on Saturday, August 19th, 2023. This gorgeous 1969 Dodge HEMI® Charger Daytona will undoubtedly be the show’s star and is expected to fetch some big numbers once on the block. Mecum estimates it could grab as much as $800,000 to $1,200,000 when all is said and done.
This 1969 Dodge HEMI® Charger Daytona is not your average classic car; it is a rare gem of just 70 ever produced as part of the iconic program. What makes it even more remarkable is that it retains its original drivetrain, and its authenticity is certified by correct primary and secondary body VIN stamps. This masterpiece showcases a Concours-level restoration, carried out by none other than the legendary Roger Gibson, using date-correct, New Old Stock (NOS), and assembly line parts. Such meticulous attention to detail and authenticity is a testament to the owner’s passion and commitment to preserving automotive history.
The restoration process of this Daytona was no small feat, as it required over ten years of dedication to bring it back to its former glory. However, the results are nothing short of breathtaking, and it is apparent from every angle that this car’s accuracy and authenticity were the primary goals of its owner.
Under the hood lies the heart of this beast – the original, matching-numbers 7.0-liter (426 cubic-inch) HEMI® V8 engine, paired with the matching-numbers A727 TorqueFlite transmission. This powertrain was designed for high-performance, featuring heavy-duty engineering throughout. Furthermore, this Daytona comes equipped with the A36 Performance Axle Package, boasting a 3.55 Sure Grip differential, and power steering, enhancing its impressive driving dynamics. Ordering the HEMI® engine automatically mandated performance frame and suspension upgrades, making this Daytona a true force to be reckoned with on the road.
The exterior sports the iconic EV2 HEMI Orange paint, perfectly complemented by the black wing and aero-styling changes exclusive to the A11 Daytona package. Inside the cabin, comfort meets performance with headrest bucket seats, a center console with a floor shifter, the A01 Light Group, a Tic-Toc-Tach, and a 150 MPH speedometer. The three-spoke steering wheel and wood-grain trim add a touch of elegance to the sporty interior.
The exterior’s attention to detail is no less impressive, featuring hood pins, A-pillar streamlining, air extractor scoops on the front fenders, and the iconic deck wing and special rear window. The orange nosecone and bold “DAYTONA” stripe lettering perfectly blend with the color-matched steel wheels, Fratzog hubcaps, and Goodyear F70-15 Polyglas white-stripe tires, creating an unmistakable and head-turning appearance.
The original Fender tag further documents this car’s accessories, providing additional evidence of its pedigree and originality. All these remarkable features combined make this Charger Daytona a true investment-level car, and its provenance is nothing short of stellar.
As this legendary Charger Daytona rolls onto the auction block at the 2023 Mecum Monterey event, collectors and enthusiasts alike will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid on this piece of automotive history.
This masterpiece of engineering and design is not just a car; it’s a living testament to the golden era of American muscle cars and a winner in every sense of the word. The legacy of the 1969 Dodge HEMI® Charger Daytona lives on, and its story is waiting for its next chapter at Mecum Monterey 2023.
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