the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona is one of the most sought-after muscle cars to come out of Detroit. Only 503 were made; just enough to homologate the model for NASCAR competition. So pristine examples of the superspeedway-optimized, winged warriors can fetch more than seven figures at auction. And that is why there are so many re-creations of this rare model today. The Scraptona is not so much a re-creation as a riff. First shown at the SEMA show in 2018, it hides real performance hardware under less than perfect skin. Which is pretty much perfect. Now for sale at Garage kept motorcycles. You, yes you, now have the chance to take home this incredible muscle car build.
The Scraptona was originally built by the folks at TreadWear and started out as a 1969 Dodge Charger shell. According to Hot rod, the Charger had been sitting in the woods of Alabama for decades, after parts of the car were used to save another Charger. All the team had yet to get their hands on was the front fairing, front suspension and roof. The store initially planned to pair these original components with a dirt road chassis, but found that this would limit the tire and engine choices available for the build. As such, the team crafted a custom tubular chassis, with hardware such as Wilwood brakes and a Winters dirt quick-change rear with 3.55:1 gears. All of this facilitated the installation of a 358 cubic-inch Dodge R5-P7 V-8 NASCAR engine, complete with a dry sump oil system, Holley XP750 carb, carbon airbox and a 11.5:1 compression ratio. The race-ready engine can deliver 740 horsepower at 8300 rpm, but the next owner will have to get used to purchasing 100+ octane fuel. Behind the engine is a Tilton NASCAR core and a Tremec five-speed manual transmission.
To make the most of that power, the Scarptona comes equipped with giant 20×12-inch custom wheels, each wrapped in Mickey Thompson rubber. Those sit outboard of the aforementioned Wilwoods, which measure 13 inches in the front and 12 inches in the rear. Other highlights include a full MSD ignition system, Dynatech baffles with baffles and a Ferrari F40-style Lexan rear window.
Despite all this performance hardware, the Scraptona isn’t your typical no-cost show car. The bodywork is custom in many ways, but is finished in hand-rolled enamel paint. Well, most of the bodywork as large areas of the car don’t wear any paint at all. There are mismatched doors, as well as a bright yellow rear wing. Coronet’s front fenders have received some patina, while the reproduction nose cone for a 1970 Plymouth superbird remains black.
The Coronet fenders are the right pieces for a Superbird by the way. Essentially the successor to the Charger Daytona, Chrysler engineers used Dodge Coronet fenders instead of those for a Plymouth Road Runner to make a smooth transition from the nose cone to the car.
The look is more rat rod than hot rod, which is not to everyone’s taste. That didn’t stop the car from making waves at shows like the 2018 Sema Show, the 2019 Hot Rod Power Tour, the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour and the latest iteration of Detroit’s Autorama.
The folks at Garage Kept Motors are well aware of the fan base this car has and are asking $149,000 accordingly. While that’s enough money to get your hands on some modern Mopar muscle cars, there are few builds with as much personality as this one.