’69 CHARGER DAY­TONA: 440 MAGNUM, AU­TO­MATIC WITH C16 CONSOLE, R4 RED WITH WHITE STRIPE AND WING

Mopar Muscle - - Greetings From The Grave -

This car was dis­cov­ered in a barn — a true barn find. When our client Tom “Un­cle Fes­ter” Par­tridge bought the car, he quickly con­tacted me to see if I’d be in­ter­ested in help­ing him bring the leg­end back to life. Tom is a great guy. I give him a hard time be­cause that’s my job, but at his core he’s a true car guy with a huge heart. Build­ing this car for him was fun, but also chal­leng­ing. Tom worked with us on a very tight bud­get, so sev­eral times he would come out and work on the car him­self to save money. Back then, we could do that be­cause we were small and not overly or­ga­nized, so we could use the help. Fes­ter had the en­gine built by a lo­cal guy in New York, where he lived. It isn’t the num­bers-match­ing orig­i­nal, but it’s date-code cor­rect. The car turned out fab­u­lous and was shared with the world in sea­sons two and three. Specif­i­cally, episodes 12 and 13 of sea­son three cover the restora­tion in some de­tail. If you’re ever in An­gola, New York, watch for “Cue­ball’s” Day­tona and be sure to re­mind him he’s bald. No, se­ri­ously, he looks like a big toe.

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