The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona HEMI is one of the most desirable muscle cars for collectors. Just over 500 units were created to meet homologation rules for NASCAR Grand National competition. Today, some of those examples take in well over a million dollars when they come up for auction.
But for those who are diehard collectors, maybe the most sought-after version of the Charger Daytona is the actual race cars themselves. One such example is due to cross the auction block at the upcoming Mecum Kissimmee event on Saturday, January 14th, 2023.
This Bobby Allison No. 22 Coca-Cola Charger Daytona stock car, has been finished in its correct red and gold paint scheme from the time. On August 24th, 1969, while testing before the Daytona models would first be unveiled for competition at Talladega, Bobby Allison unofficially drove his No. 22 car for four laps in excess of 200 mph. Allison personally inspected this car and verified its authenticity in a handwritten letter dated November 10, 1999, and the dash is autographed by Allison in two locations. In addition, the forward cowl of the engine compartment is autographed by George Wallace, one of Chrysler’s top aerodynamic developers.
The car includes a 7.0-liter (426 cubic-inch) HEMI V8 race engine built and dyno tested by the legendary Dick Landy, and it features a Mopar Performance-designed HEMI block and heads, correct 706 NASCAR rods, a dry-sump oil assembly, and the vintage single 4-barrel “Bath Tub” racing intake with a Le Mans-type Holley carburetor and unmuffled side exhaust exits. This car even still has the cowl plenum air induction box the program authorized.
The car has a 4-speed manual transmission complete with scatter shield bell housing backing the engine up, and there is a heavy-duty, 9-inch Ford differential sending power to the rear tires. The NASCAR performance suspension means dual shocks on all four corners, along with red and gold, steel, competition wheels, and period-look Goodyear racing rubber.
Inside, the car is fitted with a braced single seat, tape-wrapped steering wheel, Hurst floor shifter, Prestolite ignition parts, custom gauge dash, and a full roll cage. This car was rebuilt after being discovered in a barn by Pat McKinney and is stated to have been the very chassis previously piloted by Allison.
The car has gone on to win a 1st place award at the 2005 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and was most recently displayed at the Lemay Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, from 2021 to 2022.
Mecum estimates that this No. 22 Dodge Charger Daytona stock car could take in $900,000 to $1,100,000. To see more, you can check out the car’s dedicated page on Mecum.com.
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