2. Dodge Charger Daytona (1969)
The most interesting period in NASCAR was the late ’60s when rules allowed some modifications to car bodies in order to make cars more aerodynamic. Of course, the condition was to apply those changes to regular production examples and sell a limited number of such cars to the general public. Most manufacturers jumped to this opportunity and created Aero racers, or specially designed cars, homologated for the races.
One of the most famous and influential was the 1969 Charger Daytona, produced in just 504 examples, strictly as a homologation special. Despite winning some races the Charger 500 wasn’t good enough so Dodge decided to go all out and create a racing car with a special front end, flush rear glass and a big rear spoiler. The Charger Daytona was one of the first cars to be developed in a wind tunnel and used new materials in construction.
The Charger Daytona proved to be very successful on the race tracks and even managed to do a record 217 mph run in almost stock configuration which only shows how good the design and engineering behind this project were. The standard engine was 440 V8 and only about 70 cars received the legendary 426 Hemi.