It’s a winged automobile which flew increased than any earlier than that.
This 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona was offered on the Mecome Auctions occasion in Kissimmee, Florida, for a record-breaking $1.43 million. beating the $1.3 million mark Set final Might.
The Charger-based Daytona was constructed only one yr to embody its aerodynamic bodywork for NASCAR racing.
The Daytona and its twin brother, the Plymouth Superbird, are among the many most iconic race automobiles in historical past, with their distinctive heads and excessive rear wings designed to dominate NASCAR’s high-speed ovals.
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They had been so good that NASCAR shortly modified the principles to ban such excessive designs.
Solely 503 Daytonas had been constructed for the road in 1969 and lots of of them are misplaced to historical past, as they had been initially unpopular with consumers and weren’t handled with any of the respect they get as we speak.
Of these solely 70 had been ordered with Dodge’s legendary 426 cubic inch Hemi V8 and solely 22 matched the engine with a four-speed handbook transmission.
The Daytona auctioned by Mecum had each options and was the one one of many 22 painted T5 Copper Metallic automobiles with a white wing stripe and tan inside, making it a very distinctive automobile.
It’s additionally the bottom mileage original-engined Hemi Daytona identified to exist and solely has 6,490 miles on the odometer.
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The automobile has had a notable checklist of householders through the years, together with the late Los Angeles Instances proprietor Otis Chandler, NFL Corridor of Famer Kevin Greene, and actor David Spade, whose character drove the Daytona hit in his comedy “Joe Grime.”
Spade paid $900,000 for the automobile in 2015, which was an public sale file for the mannequin on the time.
It was one in every of dozens of Daytonas and Superbirds provided at Mecum by its final proprietor, collector Gary Edwards, with the remaining promoting for costs starting from $247,500 to $742,500, but it surely wasn’t the one one which went for $1.43 million.
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In a exceptional coincidence, the Daytona NASCAR race automobile pushed by Bobby Allison was provided in Kissimmee by a distinct dispatcher and offered for the very same quantity as the road automobile, which additionally set a file for a contest model of the automobile.
Dodge will deliver again the Daytona title in 2024 on a completely totally different sort of automobile. Charger Daytona SRT It is going to be the model’s first all-electric mannequin and can exchange its V8-powered automobiles, that are discontinued on the finish of 2023.