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

09:00  02 november  2016
09:00  02 november  2016 Source:   nydailynews.com

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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 After much convincing, the old man who owned the barn agreed to sell the relic. © Mecum Auctions Despite the rust and moss that have formed around

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 his barn roughly 60 miles south of Montgomery, sold it to a restoration

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

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.

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I've been visiting this 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona every year since 2011. It has never moved in that time. But the world around it sure has changed.

Man finds $ 180 K Dodge Charger Daytona rusting away in barn . A 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona — oh, and it's worth 0,000. 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

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.

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The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was sitting in the man ’s Greenwood, Alabama barn , wasting away , reports NY Daily News. Now the classic muscle car is set to be auctioned off where it’s expected to fetch anywhere between 0,000 and $ 180 ,000. So why is a rust - and moss-covered car with a

Barn finds sometimes yield the best historic cars. A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider sold for million. Over 100 cars were found in a barn in France. Recently, a lucky Alabama barn find yielded a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona , rusted under a layer of grime and time, but still in one piece.

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.

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