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Mopar's Winged Wonders

Posted May 18, 2009 1:58 PM by dstrohl

While it seems perfectly normal for a collector car magazine to feature the Daytona and Superbird nowadays, it must have seemed a little jarring to readers to crack open SIA #45, May-June 1978, and find an article by Richard Langworth discussing eight- and nine-year-old cars. It'd be akin to putting a 2000 model year vehicle in HCC.

Yet a club had already formed (the Daytona and Superbird Owners Association), and all of the people involved in producing and racing the cars were still alive and available for Langworth to interview, thus an article that un-self-consciously looked at a relatively late model car as a collectible.

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05/18/2009 2:03 PM

So was the General Lee of Dukes of Hazard Fame a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona?

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05/18/2009 2:08 PM

there's argument about exactly what flavor of 1969 Dodge Charger the General Lee was, but there's no argument it wasn't a Daytona.

Despite the fact that it flew.

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05/19/2009 8:26 AM

No the General Lee was a run of the mill Dodge Charger. Although the most shots were usually of a '69, for distance and/or action shots it could have been a '68, '69 or '70.

That show destroyed a number of those fine cars. Good thing it was cancelled, there would be none left LOL

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02/16/2010 3:28 PM

no it varied from a 1968-1969 model dodge charger

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05/20/2009 7:59 AM

I drove one of the Daytonas once, went very fast in a straight line, stopped and turned like a supertanker. Great fun though.

OH, that was way back when they were new and street racing was politicaly correct.

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05/20/2009 12:30 PM

iirc:

wasn't the H/O 455 developed as an answer to Gen Lee..?

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05/20/2009 7:24 PM

H/O 455 was out in '69 response to the Lee? maybe the Daytona, but back then everyone was trying to make the fastest 1/4 mile car for the street, all sorts of really scary cars came out, loved them all.

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05/21/2009 6:31 AM

Those days must have been so awesome.

It's a shame that the 69 Charger, 455 H/O, et al predated me by about a decade

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05/21/2009 5:58 PM

my only memory: 2 am summer of 70 , only cause i know where i was in 71...

top down, red / over white leather...his ho455...my buddy ,," just a bit outside "..only time i drove any thing that " hot " in those days..

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05/25/2009 10:07 AM

Those monsters where just too much fun, and for the life of me I have no idea how we survived driving them. When you stomp on the angry pedal they accelerated so fast that you were almost pushed through the front seats. They were great is a straight line.

Turning was not an option and stopping too a long time. Lucky gas was cheap, driving around town with the occasional race we filled up three times on a Friday night and it only cost $15.00 total. Funny we considered tires expensive back that too.

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05/25/2009 1:40 PM

I had a white '70 plymouth GTX, black vinyl roof... 440 magnum, air grabber.. many addons.. fat rubber on the rear.. but no spoiler... cool car.

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