The 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger Barn Find
So there seems to be a lot of talk around this 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger Barn Find. Some of it pretty accurate but it seems to have spread across the internet in what seems to be a huge game of phone. You know that game you would play in Elementary school where the message would go around and then Haley would mess up the whole thing cause she heard cream corn instead of free fallin’ (Sorry inside joke, it’s still funny I promise) or Wisconsin instead of Alabama.
Anyway, I’m here to set the record straight and share the story of this barn find that I personally experienced. I was actually the first outside of close family and friends of Charlie’s Classic Cars to see it after it being pulled out of its original hiding spot in Mid-Alabama.
01 | Charlies Classic Cars
First I just want to do a quick shout out to Charlie and his family at Charlie’s Classic Cars. They were awesome and great to work with! He has a good team of people building some pretty rad machines down there in Irvington, AL. So I took a few photos of their place which won’t be their place much longer because they are expanding and moving to a much large facility just up the road.
02 | The 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger Barn Find
The car that has shut down the “barn find” internet. This Daytona, which was found in mid-Alabama, will be heading to the Mecum Kissimmee Auction set for January 15-24. Estimated at $150k – $180k, I feel like that is a good price for something that is so complete, original and not a bit of it completely rusted through.
So, ok, Sure the flames are not factory. But this thing was bought back in the early 1970s, by its second and previous owner, when he was a mere 18 years old. What 18-year-old with a Daytona can resist painting some sweet flames on the side of the car?! I know I couldn’t.
It is also 1 of only 503 ever built. David Spade just bought a restored one for $900k! This one is not 1 of 4 with the 4-Speed but it has moss on the wing, how cool is that?
So, let’s get to the story of how this car came to sit in a barn for over 4 decades. The previous owner, mentioned before, bought it for $1800 back in I think they said 1972. Shortly after purchasing the car he painted the sweet flames on the side and took it down to Pensacola Beach or Panama City Beach, FL. Where Spring Break just happened to be kicking off. Oh if this car could talk they say. I was told, “Girls were hanging off the back”, and I image them all over the deck lid sitting and hanging onto the wing.
So after its exciting jaunt at Spring Break, it returned to Alabama and was driven I assume very little till he bumped the nose into something, putting a fairly good size dent in it. He then decided to park it with plans on fixing the dent before it went back on the road. That was in 1974 and as you can see in the photos below the dent is still not repaired hence why it sat for over 4 decades, until being discovered by Charlie and he bugged the man until he got the go ahead to come pull it out and send it off to Auction.
This is the story I was told and remember. Check out the photos of the 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger Barn Find below, like, comment, follow and share!
03 | The Show | EP04 | Alabama
Also, with this post, I am launching my new show on YouTube, which will basically be short video snippets of my personal accounts with Cars, Bikes and Adventure that I routinely go out Photograph, Enjoy and Explore. So watch, comment on what you would like to see or tell my I am not entertaining at all. Whatever it may be, please comment, share and subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Whether you like it or not.
On this episode, I tell you about how I’m lost getting to Charlies, some other ramblings about Alabama and the Daytona as well as at the end show you the Car being pulled out of a Trailer that was actually owned by the Richard Petty racing team at one point.