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A 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona sold for a record $1.43 million at the Mecham auction event in Kissimmee, Florida. Exceeded $1.3 million Set in May last year.
The Charger-based Daytona was built for just one year to homologate an aerodynamic body for NASCAR racing.
The Daytona and its brother, the Plymouth Superbird, are among the most iconic race cars in history, sporting their signature nose cones and tall rear wings designed to dominate NASCAR’s high-speed ovals. I have it.
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They were so good that NASCAR quickly changed the rules to ban such extreme designs.
Only 503 Daytonas were built for the street in 1969, many lost to history.
Only 70 of them were ordered with Dodge’s legendary 426 cubic inch Hemi V8, and only 22 had the motor adapted to a 4-speed manual transmission.
The Daytona auctioned by Mecum has both features and is the only car out of 22 painted T5 Copper Metallics to feature white wing stripes and a tan interior, making it truly unique. It has become a car.
It’s also the lowest mileage of any original-engined Hemi Daytona known to exist, with just 6,490 miles.
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The car has had notable owners over the years, including the late Los Angeles Times owner Otis Chandler, NFL Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, and actor David Spade, who drove the villainous Daytona in the comedy movie Joe Dirt. .
Spade paid $900,000 It was an auction record for the model at the time.
This was one of 12 Daytonas and Superbirds offered by Mecum’s newest owner, collector Gary Edwards, which sold for $247,500 to $742,500 while the rest sold for $1.43 million. It wasn’t just one car.
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In an amazing coincidence, a Daytona NASCAR racing car driven by Bobby Allison was offered by another shipper in Kissimmee and sold for exactly the same price as a street car, also setting a record for a competition version of this car. .
Dodge plans to bring back the Daytona name in 2024 with a completely different kind of car. Charger Daytona SRT will be the brand’s first all-electric model and will succeed the V8-equipped model that will be discontinued at the end of 2023.