It is a winged machine that flew higher than before.
A 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona sold for a record $1.43 million at a Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee, Florida, surpassing the $1.3 million mark set 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 Plymouth Superbird sibling are among the most iconic race cars in history, with their prominent nose cones and high rear wings designed to dominate NASCAR’s high-speed ovals.
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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, and many have been lost to history because they were initially frowned upon by buyers and are not held in high esteem today.
Only 70 of these were ordered with Dodge’s legendary 426-cubic-inch Hemi V8 and only 22 matched the engine to a four-speed manual transmission.
Auctioned by Mecum, the Daytona had two features and was the only one of 22 painted T5 Copper Metallic with a white wing stripe and tan interior, making it a truly unique car.
It’s also the lowest-mileage Hemi Daytona with its original engine known to exist, with just 6,490 miles on its odometer.
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The car has had a distinguished list of owners over the years, including the late Los Angeles Times owner Otis Chandler, NFL Hall of Famer Kevin Greene and actor David Spade, whose character hit the Daytona in his comedy film Joe Dirt. .
Spade paid $900,000 for the car in 2015, which was an auction record for the model at the time.
It was one of dozens of Daytonas and Superbirds offered at Mecum by its most recent owner, collector Gary Edwards, with the rest selling for prices ranging from $247,500 to $742,500, but it wasn’t the only one that went up. for $1.43 million.
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In a remarkable coincidence, the Daytona NASCAR race car driven by Bobby Allison was offered by another consignor in Kissimmee and sold for exactly the same amount as the street car, also setting a record for a competition version of the car.
Dodge will bring back the Daytona name in 2024 on a very different kind 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 discontinued at the end of 2023.