1969 Charger Daytona
1969 Charger Daytona
This 1969 Charger Daytona is a 16,000 mile low mileage car that is numbers matching, fully documented, and is complete with broadcast sheet and dealer invoice. This 1969 Charger Daytona is equipped with a 440/375 HP V-8 engine, Torqueflite automatic transmission, A36 performance axle package with 3.55 gears, power steering and front disc brakes, Bright Red paint with Black rear wing stripe, black vinyl upholstery, bucket seats and center console, wood steering wheel, A01 light group, Solid State AM radio, and magnum 500 wheels with redline tires.
Mecum Auctions listed this 1969 Charger Daytona and here is what they said about it: This 1969 Charger Daytona was purchased new by Mr. Elmo Pudelski of Atlanta, Georgia, who took delivery through Huntsville Dodge on Wheeler Avenue in October of 1969 in Huntsville, Alabama. Mr Pudelski would be an excellent steward for the car owning it for 10 years and putting just a little more than 14,000 miles on its odometer. The car was known throughout the local area, and in the mid-to-late 1970s, well-known Mopar collector Tim Wellborn and his father Doug Wellborn had it on their radar screen for purchase. It took more than one attempt of them showing up with truck and trailer to purchase the car, but finally in 1979, Elmo agreed to sell it to them. They would become the long-term owners of the car retaining it for 26 years until 2005. The car remained in excellent original condition upon their purchase with matching-numbers, still retaining three of its four original tires and all of its original paint.
The Wellborn’s interest was initially captivated by the originality of the car, having never been painted or damaged in any way. They noted that the paint was not adhering well to the nose and rear window plug and painted those areas as well as some other portions of the car. This car was driven very little, and it spent the majority of their ownership on loan for display in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame & Museum, next to the Talladega Speedway. After sitting on Museum display for so many years, the car needed some attention, and the Wellborns, who were busy with several other car projects, decided to part with it in 2005. It was purchased by a friend and broker who went through the car to ensure it was fully operational again. In the process, he removed the three original tires from the car as they had slight cracks on the sidewalls.
In 2006, it was purchased by its current owner who was drawn to the originality of the car and its “survivor-like” qualities along with solid history. At that time, an exhaustive search had been underway for a very original fully numbers-matching Daytona. Upon purchase there were several items that the current owner wanted taken care of, and he shipped the car to noted Daytona expert Roger Gibson in Missouri. After conferring with Mr. Gibson, the owner felt the only way he would feel the car was up to world-class standards was to commission a no-expense-spared restoration, this direction was heavily debated due to the originality of the car. Mr. Gibson was advised that the car needed to be done to the highest standards of authenticity and correctness. The restoration began in September of 2007 and would be underway for the next 30 months, no detail was left unattended. In March of 2010, the car emerged from Gibson’s shop as a “top of the marque,” world-class example in every way.
Since its restoration, it has been started and run regularly but has traveled fewer than 100 miles. It shows just more than 16,000 original miles and has been kept in the owner’s private display facility in the strictest of climate-controlled conditions. It is accompanied by its original sales copy to Mr. Pudelski, original full broadcast sheet in excellent condition, its original factory fender tag with decoding paperwork done for Mr. Wellborn by a noted Mopar expert, both original factory jacks, etc. This car represents the highest possible level of condition and authenticity in a matching-numbers 1969 Dodge Daytona and would be an excellent addition to any world-class Mopar enthusiast’s collection.