1969 Dodge Charger Daytona: The Complete Guide to Specs, Features, and What They’re Worth Today | Taza Khabre

The legendary 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona surpasses many muscle car List of the best NASCAR racing cars for enthusiasts. It remains one of the most iconic, outrageous and highly sought-after American cars, starting the aviation revolution in NASCAR racing. Originates from Dodge Charger R/T, the 1969 Daytona was a one-year option specifically designed for superior track performance. And as strange as it may seem, Dodge created road versions with the same revolutionary aerodynamics as the racing version.



Dodge designed the ’69 Charger Daytona after the failed 1968 Dodge Charger 500 NASCAR record. Produced in extremely low numbers and named after the Daytona 500, a prestigious NASCAR track and event, it is now a collector’s item. In this article, we will dive deeper into the details of the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, including specs, features, and current values.

We obtained the current value of a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona using the Hagerty Appraisal Tool. Specifications and data come from Dodge and trusted sources such as Hemmings, NASCARHall and the AmericanMusclecarMuseum. The study was conducted in February 2024.


1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Exterior and Interior Features


The 1969 Charger Daytona was based on the second-generation Charger, which Dodge completely redesigned in 1968. Dodge came up with a radical and aerodynamic shape for 1969 after the 1968 Dodge Charger 500 was embarrassed on the track by its rivals. The aerodynamic beast that has taken the automotive world by storm with its outrageous looks, aerodynamic efficiency, stability and speed has been made possible by automated design and wind tunnel testing.

Front aerodynamic features of the ’69 Charger Daytona

  • 18-inch aerodynamic nose cone
  • Narrow grille opening 3×23 inches
  • Front spoilers
  • Retractable headlights
  • Blades of the front wing


To reduce drag, the 1969 Charger Daytona had an extra-long metal nose cone up front that cut through the air like a knife blade. Road versions of the Daytona had retractable headlights in front of the nose cone. To counteract the unwanted front end lift created by the nose cone, Dodge installed a front spoiler under the nose that increased front end stability at high speeds.


The grille was a narrow 3×23 inch opening for less drag and enough air to cool the engine. Also, special fairings with ventilation vents at the back were installed on the front wings, so that the turbulent air in the wheel openings smoothly exits into the air stream.

’69 Charger Daytona Rear aerodynamic features

  • Stabilizing wing 23 inches high, 58 inches wide
  • rear window washed
  • backlight flush with the roof line
  • Aerodynamics (Cd): 0.28


The most impressive feature of the 1969 Charger Daytona was the giant stabilizer wing on the rear fender. An aluminum fender mounted on the rear fenders created powerful downforce to keep the car on the pavement. It also helped stabilize the rear of the car, a problem that plagued previous Chargers at NASCAR tracks. The rear window was also set flush with the surrounding body panels to reduce rear lift. Don’t forget that unlike stock Chargers, the rear taillights also sit flush with the roofline to keep the trailing edge on the road.


Chrysler used Michigan Creative Industries to add these outstanding body features to the all-new 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, transforming them into the Charger Daytona. These Dodges had the most advanced aerodynamic bodywork ever seen in NASCAR. Thanks to the modifications, the drag coefficient was 0.28 – an impressive achievement even today. For context, that’s less drag than the Bugatti Chiron or the legendary and unforgettable McLaren F1.

The best interior features of the 1969 Charger Daytona

  • Central console with a wood top
  • Hurst switch mounted on floor or console
  • Two large dials in front of the driver and four gauges (including a conservative 150 mph speedometer)
  • Standard front bucket seats

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1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Engine Specifications and Performance

1969 Dodge Charger Engine Specifications

Producer

Chrysler/Dodge

Years of production

1965 – 1978/1964 – 1971

Configuration

V8s

Moving

7.2 liter (440 cu in) /7.0 liter (426 cu in) Hemi

power

375/425 horsepower

A turning point

480/490 lb-ft

Method of transmission

3-speed automatic, 4-speed mechanics

Model

Front engine, rear drive

fuel

Gasoline

Programs worth paying attention to

Dodge Charger R/T, Coronet R/T, Super Bee, Plymouth GTX and Plymouth Road Runner


The ’69 Charger Daytona was equipped with two legendary Chrysler Corp. engines. 60s. They included a 7.2-liter Magnum V8 with a volume of 440 cc. inches with a four-barrel carburetor producing 375 hp as base and the legendary 7.0-liter Hemi V8 with a displacement of 426 cc. inches ($648 option).


Officially, Dodge rated the top Hemi at 425 hp, but it actually made more. The DC-93 chassis – Chrysler’s engineering test car – developed a whopping 575 horsepower. Only 70 Daytonas left the factory with the top-of-the-line 426 cubic inch Hemi “elephant” engine. As for the transmission, buyers got either the A833 four-speed manual or the Torqueflite 727 three-speed automatic transmission.

Dimensions and weight

Length

226.0 inches

Width

76.7 inches

Height

53.0 inches

wheel base

117.0 inches

Road clearance

5.1 inches

Curb weight (approximate)

3900 – 4079 lbs

Additional features of the 1969 Daytona Charger

  • Front suspension: upper and lower levers, longitudinal torsion bars
  • Rear suspension: rear drive axle, leaf springs
  • Wheels and tires (440 Magnum): 14-inch steel rims with caps, Goodyear F70-14 redline or whitewall tires
  • Wheels and Tires (426 Hemi): 15 x 6-inch forged steel wheels with caps, Goodyear Polyglas F70-15 tires with red or white wall
  • Brakes: front disc/rear drum


One of the fastest Dodge muscle cars to storm NASCAR ovals in the 60s, the Daytona became the first car to go over 200 mph around the closed track. According to NASCAR, it was Buddy Baker’s car, serial # DC-93, which clocked 200.447 mph at Talladega, setting the track record. Also, in full race spec in July 1969, the Daytona reached 205 mph at the Chelsea Proving Ground, a 4.71-mile indoor track.

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How many 1969 Dodge Daytona were made?

A blue 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi Daytona is parked
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  • Production numbers: 503 pcs
  • Daytona 440 Magnum Charger: 433
  • Charger Hemi Daytonas: 70 pcs
  • Manual Charger Hemi Daytonas: 22 pcs


(Data courtesy of Mecum Auctions)


According to Mecum, Dodge produced 503 Daytonas, just enough to meet production regulations for race car certification. At the time, manufacturers had to produce units for the public to compete in NASCAR.


433 units were equipped with the 440 Magnum engine, while only 70 examples had the special 426 ci Hemi V8 engine. Of the 70 Hemi Daytonas, only 22 were equipped with the A833 four-speed manual transmission, and they are the most valuable today.

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How much is a 1969 Daytona Charger?

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Prices and Rating

Model

1969 Daytona Charger

Contest condition #1

$459,000 – $1,000,000

#2 Excellent condition

$359,000 – $726,000

#3 Good condition

$253,000 – $541,000

#4 Satisfactory condition

$194,000 – $421,000

Original base suggested retail price

3993 USD

MSRP adjusted for inflation

$32,695

Production numbers

503


(Evaluation and pricing by Hagerty)


The Daytona sold for a base price of $3,993, $400 more than the Charger R/T and $900 more than the base Charger (Hemmings). The Hemi Daytona version required an additional $648. Today, this iconic muscle easily fetches six figures at auction regardless of the original engine under the hood. Hagerty estimates pristine examples from $459,000 to $1,000,000 while examples in good condition have an estimate of $194,000 to $421,000.


The most popular Daytonas are the ones that fetch big bucks at auction according to Classic, the lowest recorded sale price for a ’69 Daytona was $165,000. March 15, 2019

The most expensive Daytonas in history

  • 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, Copper Metallic, manual, 426ci Hemi, 6,435 miles, sold at Mecum Kissimmee (2023) for $1,430,000
  • 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, F8 Dark Green Metallic, manual, 426ci Hemi, 2,842 miles, sold at Mecum Indy (2022) for $1,320,000

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Why is the Dodge Charger Daytona so expensive?

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Race wins and records

  • Won two NASCAR races in the 1969 season
  • In 1970, he won NASCAR races four times
  • Multiple ARCA and USAC race wins
  • Set the official closed course record at 200.447 mph at Talladega


One of the reasons the 1969 Daytona is so irresistible and so highly regarded today is its racing achievements. He won his first race, the Talladega 500, with Buddy Baker at the wheel. It then thrived until NASCAR banned aerodynamic improvements on cars with engines larger than 300 cubic inches.

Uniqueness and rarity

One of the most outrageous muscle cars of its era, the 1969 Charger Daytona is a unique beast that will turn heads anywhere. This, combined with the fact that so few were made, and even fewer exist today, greatly contributed to its collectability. What’s more, it’s a legend that, like its namesake Ferrari, is named after the legendary Daytona 500. It’s been one of the most popular and prestigious races on the NASCAR calendar for decades.


Sources: NASCARHall, Hagerty, Mecum, classic, Hemings, Barrett-Jackson, AmericanMusclecarMuseum

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