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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

$900,000 Dodge Hemi Daytona Proves People Still Love American Muscle

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At this past month’s Kissimmee, Florida, Mecum auto auction, there was an extremely special car sitting on lot S169. Up for grabs was a red five-speed 1989 25th Anniversary Lamborghini Countach.

 It’s the type of ride that steals a show, but at this particular gathering, it’s $350,000 final sale price was only good enough to be ninth-best. And guess what? The other cars weren’t other Lamborghinis or Rolls-Royces, or even Ferraris. They were good ol’ delicious American power.  
 
Six of the top eight vehicles (there was a Harley-Davidson and a Prevost RV in there) were pure sport and muscle. And the King, which wore an enormous rear wing as a crown, was the most under-utilized 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona in existence.

 With a paltry 6,435 miles on the original engine, the four-speed copper metallic beauty sold for an astounding $900,000. Only 70 of the 503 Charger Daytonas had the honor of roaring to life with a 426 Hemi under the hood, and only 20 of those 70 had manuals instead of automatics. This car ticks every box.


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Following the Daytona’s impressive sales performance was another Hemi, an unrestored, one-owner 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T with only 1,871 miles that sold for $640,000.

 Why the original owners of these fantastic automobiles weren’t driving their grails is unknown, but their sales prove one thing: People are loving ’60s and ’70s American muscle more and more each day. Check out the full results of the auction here.


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Photo Credit: Mecum
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