Home Page About Us Contribute




Escort, Inc.

Tweets by @CrittendenAuto










By accessing/using The Crittenden Automotive Library/CarsAndRacingStuff.com, you signify your agreement with the Terms of Use on our Legal Information page. Our Privacy Policy is also available there.

Dodge Charger Daytona

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Charger Daytona
Vehicle Model

Topic Navigation
Wikipedia: Dodge Charger Daytona

Page Sections
History
Video
Photographs
Merchandise
A high performance and racing variant of the Dodge Charger produced for the 1969 model year. It was an aerodynamically redesigned version of the Charger for stock car racing purposes, sold to the public to conform to homologation rules.

The name appeared again on high performance special editions of the Charger in 2013 & 2017.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Dodge Charger Daytona page on 24 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Dodge, an American automobile brand, produced three separate vehicles with the name Dodge Charger Daytona, all of which were modified Dodge Chargers. The name is taken from Daytona Beach, Florida, which was an early center for auto racing and still hosts the Daytona 500, one of NASCAR's premier events. The first use of the Daytona name on a car was on a version of the Studebaker Lark. The Daytona was the performance model of the compact Lark and it was produced from 1963–1966. The Dodge Charger was made to beat the competition in NASCAR, Americas Premier Racing Series.

With the racing failure of the previous limited edition 1969 Dodge Charger 500 in NASCAR and Plymouth's superstar Richard Petty leaving them for Ford, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was created. It was intended to be a high-performance, limited-edition version of the Dodge Charger produced in the summer of 1969 for the sole purpose of winning high-profile NASCAR races. It won its first race, the inaugural Talladega 500, in the fall, although the top names had left the track on Saturday in a boycott of the race. Buddy Baker, in the No. 88 Chrysler Engineering Dodge Charger Daytona, was the first driver in NASCAR history to break the 200 mph (322 km/h) mark, on March 24, 1970, at Talladega. The 1969 Dodge Daytona won two races in 1969 and another four in 1970 for a total of six. Its successor, the 1970 Plymouth Superbird, won eight races - all in 1970. Dodge Daytonas also won on the USAC and ARCA race circuits. They set numerous race and pole records.

One of the four famous aero-cars, the Dodge Daytona had featured special body modifications that included a 23-inch-tall (584 mm) stabilizer wing on the rear deck, a special sheet-metal "nose cone" that replaced the traditional upright front grille, a flush rear backlight (rear window area), a 'window cap' to cover the original Charger's recessed rear window, specific front fenders and hood that were modeled after the upcoming 1970 Charger, stainless steel A-pillar covers and fender mounted cooling scoops. The Daytona was built on the 1969 Charger's R/T trim specifications, meaning that it carried a heavy-duty suspension and brake setup and was equipped with a 440 cu in (7.2 L) Magnum engine as standard. Of special note to collectors is the optional 426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi V8 engine, which only 70 of the 503 Daytonas carried. It had a corporate cousin in the "one year-only" 1970 Plymouth Superbird and with help of Chrysler's missile engineers, the Charger Daytona was born.

The "Winged Warriors", as they were affectionately known, did not compete for long in NASCAR's top Cup series. On the next season of NASCAR, the executives ban aero specs on cars with engines bigger than 300 Cubic meter. Because of their exceptional speed and performance, NASCAR subsequently changed the rule book, effectively banning all four of the Aero Cars from Dodge, Ford, Mercury, and Plymouth from competition by the end of 1970. See also Plymouth Superbird, Ford Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II for additional information about the aero cars.

The Dodge Daytona is now a very valuable collectible, with 440-powered Daytonas reaching into six-figure territory and 426 hemi-engined cars passing the $900,000.00 mark. The "Super Charger IV EL", which looked like a roadster prototype spin-off of the Charger Daytona minus the roof and spoiler, is seen as a pimp-mobile in the 1974 film Truck Turner. The car was actually a Charger show car, with a front end of a Daytona mounted onto it. Foot note: These 503 cars were actually charger 500's as they rolled of the assembly line. Dodge shipped them to an offsite fabricator (not employees of dodge), who transformed these by mounting the wing, supports in trunk and the front nose cone. The myth of these being made on assembly line is inaccurate.


Video

John Walczak on converting a model Charger into a Charger Daytona
Video ©2008 Bill Crittenden
From the February 2008 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
Play Video of John Walczak on converting a model Charger into a Charger Daytona - 54.6MB


Photographs

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 1969
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
View photo of 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona - 918KB
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 1969
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
View photo of 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona - 818KB
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 1969
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
View photo of 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona - 1,157KB
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Roadster Car Model 1969 Roadster
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Roadster Model - 3,950KB
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Roadster Car Model 1969 Roadster
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Roadster Model - 3,657KB
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Roadster Car Model 1969 Roadster
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Roadster Model - 3,747KB
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Roadster Car Model 1969 Roadster
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Roadster Model - 3,484KB
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Roadster Car Model 1969 Roadster
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Roadster Model - 3,424KB
Dodge Challenger Daytona Model Car Challenger Daytona
Built from a model of a third-generation 2009 Dodge Challenger
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
View photo of Dodge Challenger Daytona Model Car - 3.8MB
Dodge Challenger Daytona Model Car Challenger Daytona
Built from a model of a third-generation 2009 Dodge Challenger
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
View photo of Dodge Challenger Daytona Model Car - 3.7MB
Bobby Isaac 3rd Generation Dodge Charger Daytona Model Car Bobby Isaac Paint Scheme
3rd Generation Dodge Charger Daytona

Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 Attack of the Plastic
View photo of Bobby Isaac 3rd Generation Dodge Charger Daytona Model Car - 3.5MB


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Johnny LightningBobby Isaac #71Stock Car Legends, small scale, orange w/white #71 K&K Insurance Dodge Charger Daytona


Connect with The Crittenden Automotive Library

The Crittenden Automotive Library at Google+ The Crittenden Automotive Library on Facebook The Crittenden Automotive Library on Instagram The Crittenden Automotive Library at The Internet Archive The Crittenden Automotive Library on Pinterest The Crittenden Automotive Library on Twitter The Crittenden Automotive Library on Tumblr  
 
 


The Crittenden Automotive Library

Home Page    About Us    Contribute