When Edward Skowera ordered this 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona he knew he was buying something special, but he could not have anticipated that almost 50 years later it would be considered one of the finest restored Winged Warriors extant and one of the most unique, with one of the most extensive lists of options of any Daytona. Surprisingly, it is also the only Daytona sold new by the renowned Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge in Chicago.
Skowera, a resident of nearby Addison, purchased the Daytona new on Monday, September 8th, 1969. It was delivered with a unique color scheme featuring rare R6 Red instead of the more common R4 shade, and in contrast to most Daytonas, whose rear stripe matched the interior color, this one combines a white tail stripe with a black interior.
Powered by a 7.2-liter (440 cubic-inch) MAGNUM V8 engine, this rare bird is equipped with a TorqueFlite 3-speed, automatic transmission and A36 Performance Axle Package with 3.55:1 gears and Sure Grip differential. Suspension is HEMI-grade all around, incorporating power steering and heavy-duty front torsion bars, staggered-count rear leaf springs, Firm Ride front and rear shock absorbers, and heavy-duty drum brakes at all four corners.
In 1985, Skowera sold the Daytona to Bart Gaffney, who owned the car for more than 20 years. It was later purchased by a highly regarded muscle-car collector and restorer Colin Comer. After a rotisserie restoration on the car completed by Midwest MuscleCar Restorations in October 2007, Comer then sold it to Mopar specialist Wayne Schmeeckle. The Daytona then passed from Schmeeckle to Gary Edwards in 2016.
Not only is this unique Daytona’s ownership history well established, but it is also backed with an astounding volume of documentation. In addition to the original window sticker and two broadcast sheets, it comes with Mr. Norm’s deal jacket including the Grand Spaulding Dodge purchase contract, a copy of the original title, an owner’s manual, owner’s warranty card, and plastic Chrysler owner’s folio. The subject of a feature article in the September 2010 issue of Muscle Car Review, this one-of-a-kind Dodge Daytona offers options, history, and documentation—everything to please the most demanding collector.
Due to cross the auction block at the Mecum Kissimmee event later today, it is expected to fetch between $400,000 to $500,000. To see more details about the gorgeous Charger Daytona, you can visit Mecum.com.
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