20. Dodge Charger Daytona
NASCAR races were one of the most important battle arenas of the muscle car war. Back in the late ’60s, superspeedways were places for clashes between Detroit manufacturers. The most interesting period was in the late ’60s when NASCAR rules allowed modifications to car bodies to make them more aerodynamic.
Most manufacturers jumped at this opportunity. One of the most famous and influential was the 1969 Charger Daytona. They only produced 504 of strictly as homologation specials. With all the upgrades, the Daytona proved to be successful on the race tracks. It managed to do a record 217 mph run in almost stock configuration. That only shows how good the design and engineering was behind this project. The standard engine was a 440 V8, so only about 70 cars received the legendary 426 Hemi.