Yes, that's a cow eating next to it.
Only 503 examples were built when 500 were required, according to NASCAR homologation rules at the time. What you’re looking at is a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, and it’s been in storage for decades. But beneath all of the dirt and bits of rust is an iconic car that’s just begging to be restored. Funnily enough, it was bought new by an Alabama judge specifically for his wife to drive. Its second owner, who’s the one now selling it, has had it since 1974.
Literally everything about it is original, from the massive rear wing, to the nose cone and white tail graphics. Somewhere along the way, someone painted flames along the front fenders but even that paint has aged rather nicely. Under the hood is a completely original 440 Magnum V8, paired to a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Oh, yeah, one more thing: there’s only 20,553 miles on the odometer. Everything is numbers matching, and it could be yours, but only if you’ve got somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000-$180,000, which is what Mecum estimates it’ll go for at auction next month. Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions.