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May 1, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

Rare Hemi Daytona Looks To Break Three-Quarters Of A Million

This auction might be happening in Indy, but everyone there is gonna be thinking about Daytona, as in this 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona.

To most the name Daytona personifies motorsports and in this case it’s no different. Falling behind in the NASCAR power race of the late ’60s Dodge debuted the Hemi Daytona and immediately blew the doors off the competition. In testing for the car’s first race at Talladega the 426 Hemi packing 425hp knocked out a top-speed of 199.985mph and would later top 200mph with Buddy Baker behind the wheel making him the first NASCAR driver to do so. From its debut through the following year the Daytona would win 45 of the next 59 races.

This is not that race winning Daytona, but a version mandated by NASCAR for homologation. In order to compete all manufacturers needed to make a minimum of 500 consumer cars of their race car variant. This is one of those 500 created and of those 500 only 70 featured the powerful 426/425hp Hemi engine that this example does. Making this even more desirable is the engine and transmission pairing it features. It is only one of 20 paired with Hurst Pistol Grip 4-speed manual transmission.

Known since its inception for big numbers, the estimated hammer price of $750,000 – $800,000 is fitting of this NASCAR icon.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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