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1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona muscle car sold for record $1.43 million

It’s a winged car who flew higher than all before him.

A 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona sold at the Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee, Florida for a record $1.43 million. cross the $1.3 million mark fixed last May.

The Charger-based Daytona was built for just one year to homologate its aerodynamic body for NASCAR racing.

The Daytona and its twin sister Plymouth Superbird are among the most iconic race cars in history, with their signature noses and tall rear fenders designed to dominate NASCAR’s high-speed ovals.

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This 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona is the lowest mileage example with a remaining Hemi V8.

This 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona is the lowest mileage example with a remaining Hemi V8.
(Mecum Auctions)

They were so good that NASCAR quickly changed the rules to ban these extreme designs.

Only 503 Daytonas were built for the street in 1969 and many were lost to history, as they were initially unpopular among buyers and treated with none of the respect they get today.

The Daytona was sold for a record $1.43 million.

The Daytona was sold for a record $1.43 million.
(Mecum Auctions)

Of these, only 70 were ordered with Dodge’s legendary 426-cubic-inch Hemi V8 and only 22 paired the engine with a four-speed manual transmission.

The Daytona auctioned by Mecum had both characteristics and was the only one of 22 T5 Copper Metallic painted with a white fender stripe and beige interior, making it a truly unique car.

The car is one of 22 that were built with the Hemi engine and a four-speed manual transmission.

The car is one of 22 that were built with the Hemi engine and a four-speed manual transmission.
(Mecum Auctions)

It is also the lowest mileage Hemi Daytona with its known original engine and odometer reading of just 6,490 miles.

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The car has had a notable list of owners over the years, including late Los Angeles Times owner Otis Chandler, NFL Hall of Famer Kevin Greene and actor David Spade, whose character drove a beaten Daytona in his comedy film “Joe Dirt”. .

Only 70 Daytonas were built with the Hemi V8, most with an automatic transmission.

Only 70 Daytonas were built with the Hemi V8, most with an automatic transmission.
(Mecum Auctions)

Spade paid $900,000 for the car in 2015, which was an auction record for the model at the time.

It was one of twelve Daytonas and Superbirds donated to Mecum by its most recent owner, collector Gary Edwards, with the rest selling for prices ranging from $247,500 to $742,500, but it was not the alone to cost $1.43 million.

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Bobby Allison drove this NASCAR Daytona in several races.

Bobby Allison drove this NASCAR Daytona in several races.
(Mecum Auctions)

In a remarkable coincidence, a Daytona NASCAR race car driven by Bobby Allison was gifted to Kissimmee by a different shipper and sold for exactly the same amount as the streetcar, which also set a record for the competition version of the car.

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT will be the brand's first all-electric car.

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT will be the brand’s first all-electric car.
(To dodge)

Dodge will bring back the Daytona name in 2024 on a very different type of car. The Charger Daytona SRT will be the brand’s first all-electric model and will replace its V8-powered cars, which will be phased out at the end of 2023.

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