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Man finds $180K Dodge Charger Daytona rusting away in barn

New York Daily News New York Daily News 11/12/2015 Kyle Campbell
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What lives in a barn, hasn't moved for decades and is red and white with rust all over? A 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona — oh, and it's worth $180,000.

A Greenwood, Alabama man found the classic muscle car wasting away in a barn roughly 60 miles south of Montgomery, sold it to a restoration specialist and now the car is set to hit the auction block where it's expected to fetch a top bid between $150,000 and $180,000. He discovered the rare muscle car when checking out another car nearby, and was pointed to the barn that housed the Daytona. After much convincing, the old man who owned the barn agreed to sell the relic.

Despite the rust and moss that have formed around the exterior of the vehicle, Mecum expects this 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona to sell for as much as $180,000. © Mecum Auctions Despite the rust and moss that have formed around the exterior of the vehicle, Mecum expects this 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona to sell for as much as $180,000.

Now, perhaps you're asking why a car that's covered in rust and moss with a tattered interior and an engine that likely doesn't run anymore would have such a high asking price. Fair question. But even if it is a rust bucket, it's an incredibly rare rust bucket, as Dodge made just 503 Charger Daytonas that year, most of which were meant to meet NASCAR racing standards.

The car, which has a flames painted on the front fenders, has a 440 Magnum V-8 engine with nearly all its original parts and a mere 20,553 miles on the odometer, although we don't suspect it'll be adding any more any time soon.

Though it's in questionable (at best) running order, the 440 Magnum V-8 engine in this Dodge Charger Daytona once made 375 horsepower. © Mecum Auctions Though it's in questionable (at best) running order, the 440 Magnum V-8 engine in this Dodge Charger Daytona once made 375 horsepower.

The car goes on sale next month at the Mecum Kissimmee 2016 auction.

With Brian Leon

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