21 April 2015

Classic Classified: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 440

From: Cars & Parts

Date: May 1981

Price then: $5,800 ($15,000 adjusted for inflation - about the cost of a new 2015 Hyundai Accent)

Price Now: $108,000 - $225,000

Approximate dollar difference: $170,000 (assuming #2 condition)

Approximate annual rate of return: 7.6%

Dodge 1969 Charger Daytona 440 4 speed, paint and bucket seats are not original. One of the first Daytonas made. $5,800.

With 503 Daytonas built, it has always been a special occasion when one comes up for sale. Built for NASCAR homologation purposes, it featured the distinctive aero nose and tall rear spoiler are both impossible to miss, but perhaps it's not an ideal daily driver 12 years later. Considering that these cars are nearly impossible to find, it is hard to comprehend one being listed for the equivalent of $15,000. Whatever the reason for the sale, it seems like one heck of a deal 34 years on.

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