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Finished in the factory original Code R4 Bright Red paint, this rare 1969 Charger Daytona 440 is the work product of Restorations by Julius in Chatsworth, California and retains the original matching 440 ‘Magnum’ engine block. Julius is known nationwide for producing some righteous Mopar restorations. This one, is one for the books, or at least the magazines. This Daytona featured in the June 2009 issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines chronicling the processes of a “perfectly restored” 1969 Daytona 440. The entire story, from the discovery of the car in a farmer’s barn not far from Chicago, Illinois to the finishing touches is memorialized as a ‘how to’ guide to making your own Aero Warrior great again.
This Daytona came factory optioned with a white wing, black bucket seats, Woodgrain Console with Floor Shifter, Stereo 8-track, Power Steering, and added Tic-Toc-Tac. Previous to restoration, the car was extremely clean, an unfinished restoration likely saved the car from rusting into dust outside in the corn field, rather than sitting safely in the barn. When Julius located the car, it already had the quarter panels replaced. As Julius stated in the Hemmings article, “We left the quarter panels on that had already been replaced–they had been installed properly. There was literally no rust or collision damage uncovered–even in the trunk–when we removed the paint to expose bare metal. The same applied to the doors, hood, decklid, and even the nose and wing.”
If you know wing cars, you know that the most vital parts to retain if you can are the original nose, wing, and related mounting braces. All things considered, this was one solid bird. The original, numbers matching motor was also located, rebuilt, and set aside. Julius decided to build up a late 1966 NASCAR spec 426 Hemi to run in the car, like so many did back in the day. Mike Ross, who purchased the car in 2007 shortly after completion, preferred it this way. He could drive and enjoy the car with a Chrome Dome solid lifter Hemi it in, while the original motor risked no harm from pushing the car too hard. And really, who could criticize him for that? The current owner, Ted Lindsten, procured the car though Show Your Auto in 2009 and brought the car, original motor still in a crate, to Sweden where he also enjoyed driving it with a Hemi between the fenders for the past few years. Now that this wing car has migrated back to the states, Ted brought the car back to Julius to have the original 440 engine reunited with the car, perhaps for the first time since it was pulled out of the car in Chicago decades ago.
In addition to 440 Magnum engine and 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission, the Daytona is equipped with a black bucket-seat interior, a wood grained console, Tic Toc Tac tachometer, a radio and 8-Track player, and power steering. Riding on steel wheels with “dog dish” hubcaps, this outstanding Daytona is simply put a great and highly collectible example of Chrysler’s first race-bred NASCAR “Aero Warrior,” at No Reserve!