Called one of the "Winged Warriors", a list that included Plymouth Superbird, Ford Torino Talladega, and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II, the Daytona was powered by the Hemi 426 (seven liters) with 425 hp or a 375 hp 440. It should be noted that the tuned racing version reached speeds in excess of 200 mph (over 320 km/h) on oval racetracks. Named after Daytona, Beach, Florida - a center for auto racing in the '50s. The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse.
Intended to be a high-performance, limited-edition version of the Dodge Charger (only 505 were built with either a 440 Magnum or 426 Hemi engine), this generation of muscle-cars were produced in the summer of 1969. Unable to compete successfully on the highbanks of the superspeedways which have tracks of a mile or more in length, the Daytona notched just 6 wins in the years 1969 and 1970. Those wins pale in comparison to the more successful results by the 1970 Plymouth Superbird, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, and the 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II. However, in terms of speed, a Daytona driven by Buddy Baker in 1970 was first racing car to go beyond the 200 mph mark in a NASCAR series.
The car was one of the five famous aero-cars, and later christened "Winged Warriors". The aero-cars exploits in NASCAR's top Cup series were cut short by a change in the rule book which effectively banned them from further competition. Was it because of their exceptional speed and performance which is preposterous?
Now very rare and valuable collectible, a recently restored 1969 Dodge Daytona 440 was offered for $160,000 but there were no takers.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi
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The Winged Warriors
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1969 Dodge Charger 500
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