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Yipppeee sold our 69 Dodge Daytona wing car today; the winning bidder was actually none other than Ray Evernham of ESPN speed channel he was a major owner of jeff gordon's car and he now announces nascar races on speed channel, he saw the value in the car and drove up, inspected it and took her home to his shop. He intends to drive this one as he owns a "real" daytona and this is identical to a real one but you can drive it cause you aren't out on the road in a quarter million dollar car so it's going to the best home possible and will be driven!!! and the best part - I get to pay off bills this month in full yayayayayayaya, what a relief in this economy to be able to do that.....

Our cars are like our animals so it has been heart wrenching to let the car leave but it is for the best.....

Just wanted to share a bit of GOOD news for a change......of course my husband is in a fit of depression over it to the point of "you've got to be kidding" but he will be ok in time......I get to keep the Hemi tag since my car has a hemi in it......

Here's a pic of the car:

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WOW, That is a very stunning car!!

Bills being paid off in full is always nice!!!

Yes, I understand what your husband is going through. My husband has a few collectors things and he would be the same way.

Being debt free is priceless though. That is of course my opinion. : )

Hopefully in time you both will be able to find another beauty you can enjoy when the time is right.

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tali.. that has to be bittersweet and being one who treasures our cars, I can totally relate.. we even name them.. Oh you too??

Glad you got to keep the Hemi tag, and just think, knowing who the new owner is.. you can keep up with it's progress. Think of yourself as foster parents for the daring Dodge.. ( looks like a he.. what is his name??)

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I can relate - I sold a bike last year that brought tears to my eyes and I'm really not one to cry over anything at all.   Same reason as you - it wasn't being ridden and the money paid off several things.   I was fine with the decision but actually handing over the keys and walking away hurt a little...:) 

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Yes we are car people through and through, I have named some cars and I get really attached to my cars, we sold our 67 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible to buy our house and I cried all the way to the bank, hahaha, but it got better when we moved into our house. I couldn't even sign the title my hand was shaking so badly, and I couldn't see the line I was crying so hard.

This car didn't have a name to my knowledge except "THE Daytona"; I have a 68 Coronet 500 that is called Wicked B (it's a B body) and it's one wicked ride; my 66 Coronet Convertible is named Daffy she is painted daffodil yellow (it's actually a really nice pale yellow but dodge called it daffodil yellow); my orange 2008 SRT8 Challenger is a Hemi car and it is called the Orange Beast; the jeepster commando convertible we have is called Ben's Ride (Ben loves that thing); the 97 Camry is called "the ugly car" hahahaha, and hubby's Viper SRT10 truck is just called the Viper.

Previously I had a 74 Challenger triple black car that was lowered called Slick; and a 70 Challenger called Patches due to its various colored sheetmetal; the 71 Hemi Cuda Convertible was called Bitchy cause it had an attitude;

I think that covers it. But we have always used our cars as investments like real estate and this time it paid off well, we will still have the normal two car payments and the house payment but hey we will be "normal" instead of having 2 cars and engines being owed on still. Can't wait to pay the bills this month, not many people can say that one, hahahahaha

And Ray has agreed to give us personal tours of the nascar shop any time we want to come down and visit it is two hours away from us so it's not like the car is history. And Ray said to come down and see the car anytime we wanted to; really nice guy.

We sold our AAR Cuda to DreamCar Garage on Speed channel a few years back and they came out to film a segment for the show of the purchase etc. etc. and those guys were the rudest snobbiest people, both hosts for the show were on our property and when one of them motioned for the people to move out of the way of the cameraman I moved into the carport and he actually said "I wasn't talking to you!" I was stunned and then they tried to get the car for less money and that one guy was still smart mouthing me and finally my husband said "you know what, if you can't be any more respectful than this get off my property" and pointed to the drive in gate and said "go now" and they had to pack up and leave. Later the producer for the show called to apologize and finally ended up buying the car from me cause my husband refused to deal with any of them. I told the guy if he asked me to come off the price just once then the price would go up by $5,000 every time he asked about the price and on the third time I would hang up; so he didn't ask and ended up paying full price for the car with no issues.

So this sale was a pleasant one to say the least.

 

Here's a pic of my coronet:

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Wel! I thought you were saving that for me! I know I have no money but eventually some years down the road I could have afforded it.

 

Congrats on your sale...tears...

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Hot car, Tal. Just sayin'.

I see we have the same taste in muscle cars!  I worked as a test driver at CPG - but a lot later than all of these cool cars. Yeah, we got to drive the first Turbo's, but I always wanted a Super Bee.

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Sorry Cynfully wish my debtors could've waited, :)) but hey if you get to the Nascar shop in Mooresville, NC be sure to ask about the Daytona Ray bought....

Kim - I loved the 69 1/2 Super Bee that was a Mr. Norm's car so when my 68 Coronet 500 needed new paint I told my husband I wanted it lime green with the lift off hood and to stay in keeping with the coronet 500 I wanted a Charger 500 stripe on the butt and steel wheels with redline tires. And bingo this is what I have. It's a Coronet 500 but it's funny how many people nowadays think that the butt call outs mean the size of the engine I always tell them it's a 383 car and they don't get it, 500 just meant the level of luxury it was on the coronet totem pole. And I don't know how many times people call it a charger and one guy actually called it a challenger - hmmmm, nope don't think so.....I guess if you didn't know cars a charger would be tolerable to mistake it for but an E body??? I don't see that one.....and my SRT8 Challenger that is 2008 everyone calls a charger, first off they should have never called that car a charger how disrespectful was that???!!! a four door charger come on....anyone who knows what a charger is and should look like cannot possibly see where the current day charger has anything to do with the old ones much less mistake it for the Challenger retro look.....I had a 68 Charger R/T and everyone wanted to know what does RT stand for? hahahahaha Road and Track and then I would get what does that mean........yep love my cars.......and with 6 cars still it's not like my husband is going to miss the daytona that much, but all the other cars are mine so I guess he wants a collector car in his name......Hmmmmm, maybe he shouldn't trade and sell so much and just keep one.....I have had my green one here for 20 years and it's not going anywhere.....

And to be a test driver that would be great, I would love to be a tester for the BMW M3 and M6's!!! We had two, his/hers BMW M3's up till we got the challengers, boy do I miss my little M3 what a kick butt car, stuck like glue!!! and I had one that had the SMG tranny so it was a manual but didn't have a clutch, it didn't have park etc. I mean it was truly a manual shift so as an amputee I could still drive it and boy did I drive it, I drove that car hard and fast.....great little cars. We were getting ready to upgrade to two M6's when the dealership here got bought out and the service turned crappy so we traded for challengers instead......I did get a Lexus IS350C then got my challenger the IS350C (convertible) was a fast car but didn't have the road feel and "snap you in the back of the seat" feel of the M3......

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How much did your car sell? I saw an episode of counting cars where a guy had a superbird like this one and he didn't let it go not even for half a million I think. Or a quarter million. I'm just curious on how much this one went for sorry if I'm asking for tmi. Lol

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Hi Robin, this car was a Dodge Daytona and it was a replica not the "real" one, and the Superbird was made a year later and was to be competition for the daytona and was not as well put together as the daytona because of having to rush the cars through the assembly line. The daytona is built off the 69 Charger 500 body whereas the Superbird was built off the 70 Roadrunner the differences are blatantly obvious to Mopar people but not so much so to car show buffs. The telltale sign instantly is the vinyl top if it has a vinyl top its a Superbird cause they had to cover the sloppy weld lines. The Superbird you mention was not sold because it was Hemi car and it was not worth the money being offered, a Hemi Daytona - yes I believe the last one of those that sold was going for upwards of two million but it had to have a Hemi engine from the factory to pull those numbers. A Superbird just isn't worth the money a Daytona is.

Now as for our car it started life as a 69 Charger and the owner who had this car created to look like a real Daytona went through years and years of travel to shows all over the country to measure gaps between doors and fenders, gaps between the trunk lid and quarter panels, gaps between the nose cone and the hood lines, measure the distance between the wing and the end of the car, the measurements of the trunk lid as that is much smaller than a charger because it has to be able to open under the wing meaning the trunk lid had to be modified and so many other things so this guy did TONS of work (kinda like going to dog shows to make sure you understand what a conformation doberman is all about before thinking you have one); once he did all the research he took all those measurements to the restoration shop and they began fabricating the pieces and installing them. Everything on this car was exactly like a "real" daytona had it been made by the factory. Unless you knew the VIN numbers of a real daytona vs. a charger you would have no clue this was not the real thing. We had numerous "Daytona People" email us stating that it was a perfect match to their daytonas. With that said - being a 69 Charger that was probably worth around $25,000 and adding in the original Daytona wing, nose cone, rear window plug that was metal and so on and so on, there was over $100,000 invested in this car at the time the market for collectors cars was VERY high and the Real thing was selling for over $250,000 with just a 440 engine nothing special so having a replica to drive at $100,000 was a smart idea, but the market took a dive with the economy and that real daytona that pulling $250,000 is now pulling around $150,000 still making this car worthwhile at $100,000 but we took the market into consideration and set a reserve of $60,000 on it and it was halfway to the reserve on the first day. So our car sold meeting it's reserve as a replica, had it been the real thing it would have pulled at least $150,000, so that person not accepting stupid money for his Superbird - well that was just stupid........but to have a Hemi Daytona wing car - you can still retire on that money they will never take a dive in price cause so few were ever made in comparison to the Superbird, both had to have 500 made for the mass market in order to race them in Nascar but Dodge made around 362 and then due to time constraints they ran some back through the assembly line in order to meet the 500 production numbers so there are fewer of them than superbirds and the fewer production numbers the more worth in dollars.

I hope that helps to explain how some cars bring silly money and why they should or shouldn't and yes ours looked just like the real thing but wasn't so it didn't pull that kind of money - boy I wish it had, hahahaha I could say I paid my house off to boot, hahahahaha wow that would be marvelous.....maybe one day I will have a car of that value and when needed be able to sell it but right now I have to feel good with just paying off the kitchen remodel and some medical bills (thank you Benie our rottie) Hey I could talk cars all day........