The 69 Dodge Daytona was an iconic muscle car that turned heads. Its iconic styling was a turning point for the shape and design of traditional muscle cars. Due to its low production numbers of only 505 units, this has become one of the most iconic and heavily sought after classic cars for collectors and muscle car enthusiasts alike.
Well, when storage purchases are made, not many think that they will end up with something as valuable as a Dodge Daytona, but one lucky buyer struck gold. When the purchaser opened the garage door he did not expect to find an almost untouched (with the exception of the bad paint job) Daytona.
One of the rarest finds (next to a convertible Barracuda) is the Daytona. Its production was developed for NASCAR racing. This meant that a handful of the car needed to be produced for consumers. At least 500- to be exact- and Dodge happily obliged by producing 505 of them. Over the course of 50 years, the number of these vehicles has only gone down. This has only added to the demand and the alluring nature of the vehicle.
The vehicle would go on to win the Talladega 500 and was the first car to break the 200 mph record at the race. Altogether the car would go on to win another 6 races to solidify its name in the ranks of one of the best supercars to come out of the American Automotive Industry. The vehicle became so popular that a follow up was developed for Plymouth. The Superbird would go on to continue the iconic look of the Daytona
The restoration of such an auto had to be done by the best in the business. That is why the owner went to Ronnie Belletieri. Ronnie talked to the owner of the vehicle (who put it in storage) and threw some numbers at the owner until and the purchase was agreed upon. When it was finally unveiled, the car showed off that time had not been an issue. The car ran clean. No rust, leaks or damage. This is, of course, outside of the bad paint job it had received when the original owner decided to match it with his brother Challenger back in the day.
The vehicle was sent to American Muscle Car Restoration by Ronnie and has since been it their hands. The vehicle has yet to be fully restored but will be showcased once complete. Until then, we can only speculate as to how a fully refurbished Daytona will look.