1976 to 1977 Dodge Charger Daytona
You are probably familiar with the original Dodge Charger Daytona from 1969. It was a big coupe Dodge based on the Charger with a pointy nose and massive rear wing. They designed it for racing in NASCAR and produced it in only 500 cars. The Daytona with its cousin, the Plymouth Road Runner Superbird, is still one of the craziest muscle cars they ever produced.
Less than 10 years after the memorable Daytona, in a terrible case of self-reinventing, Dodge decided to use this glorious name again. This time, it was on a Dodge Charger, which was basically a Chrysler Cordoba. It was a big two-door personal luxury coupe with no muscle car credentials whatsoever. However, the move was not well received since the Cordoba had a meek 145 HP V8 engine.
Dodge focused more on luxury and its well-appointed interior than the looks, performance and driving dynamics. Fortunately, car buyers punished Dodge for using the precious Daytona nameplate for a not-so-special and boring car. At the end, they only produced 250 of them, leaving this Daytona reincarnation on the margins of muscle car history.