1969 Dodge Charger Daytonas Saved

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By Dave Ashton

It always makes for a heartwarming story when you hear of a rare muscle car being saved from oblivion. This is the case with two of the 503 Dodge Charger Daytonas ever built, along with a few other rarities such as a 69 Hemi Dodge Charger 500 from the same junkyard.

The story apparently starts in 1973 at Avenue Auto Parts in Kansas City, Missouri where 50 vehicles were impounded from a dealer left in isolation until the early 1980s. They were destined for the crusher, as the 80s was the lowest point for vintage muscle cars, but in steps John Borzych aka “Mopar John” who managed to purchase the red 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. Due to their longstay in the junkyard, parts were missing, like the huge black wing, but John eventually tracked down replacements and eventually restore the vehicle back to its former glory.

The irony is the Dodge Charger Daytona on the Plymouth Superbird were originally built for NASCAR racing and limited street versions had to be built for them to comply, 503 Daytonas and in the case of the Superbird, 1,920. Originally seen as oddities, they are now some of the most prized muscle cars in existence.

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