First launched in 1966 the Dodge Charger was an instant hit. With the fastback fad of the mid 1960′s the new Charger’s were a streamlined Coronet with rich interior and plenty of power. From the get-go the Dodge Charger could be had with the all mighty 426 Hemi, and with the Muscle Car Market in full explosion Mopar fans rushed with enthusiasm to purchase the new Charger.
The 1969 Charger still used the same body as the previous year but the received a divided grille and new taillights. The base Chargers had the 225-cid slant-six and the 318-cid V-8 as standard engines. The Charger R/T had the 440-cid V-8 as it’s standard engine. You could get a Charger SE which was a mix of sport and luxury that had all of the standard Charger features plus leather and vinyl bucket seats, simulated woodgrain steering wheel, deep-dish wheel covers, hood-mounted turn signal indicators, simulated woodgrain instrument panel, and the light group option. The Charger 500 was based on the standard Charger but differed in the flush-mounted grille, fixed headlights, and a flush-mounted rear window glass for lower wind resistance.
To compete in NASCAR and to comply with the newly set standards, Dodge produced a limited number of Charger 500s but soon they realized that they were not providing an advantage over Ford. As a solution, the Daytona Charger was introduced. With a unrmistakenable roof-high spoiler, elongated nose made of fiberglass, these cars could charge down the speedway at nearly 200 mph. The re-design paid off as Bobby Isaac won the Daytona 500 in February 1969. Approximately 1000 Dodge Daytona Charger’s were produced and along with the 500 have become two of the most desirable of all Chargers.