In 1969 the famed Talladega Superspeedway opened its gates, and at the time it was a track unlike any other in the world. It’s 5 story high banks allowed a man to travel faster on wheels than ever before. However, push too hard and the colossal track would eat your car alive. In the late 1960s Detroit had begun to produce faster and more aerodynamic cars for NASCAR. Cars such as the Ford Torino Talladega, the Dodge Charger 500 and several others began to dominate the NASCAR circuit. While these cars were the fastest cars in the world they were not capable of reaching 200 MPH even on a super speedway. Some drivers at the time were afraid to even drive on Talladega.
In order for the 200 MPH barrier to be broken, the right car and the right man were needed. The man turned out to be none other than Big Buddy Baker, and the right car was the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. Buddy Baker was a 6 foot 6 giant, and he had enough guts and brute strength to attempt such a feat. The Charger Daytona was the fastest and the most aerodynamic car to hit the tracks back in those days. On March 24th, 1970, Baker set out to make history in his race-tuned Hemi equipped Daytona. He took his winged warrior flat out on the high bank oval, punched the throttle into the fire and broke the 200 MPH barrier. He did so with an average lap speed of 200.096 MPH, forever leaving his name in the record books next to one of the most important milestones in NASCAR history. In fact, this car was actually too successful on the track, as the seemingly endless dearth of wins in 1969 by the Daytona and in 1970 by the Superbird resulted in NASCAR changing the rule book. As a result, these cars were banned from the sport!!
The car we present to you here is a clone of that very car Buddy Baker broke the rule books with!! A 1970 Dodge Charger built to disguise the car that Buddy accelerated to 200+ MPH way back in 1970. Starting life as a 383, automatic, Charger 500 but now sporting beautiful bright blue paintwork with white stripe across the rear together with the special #88 livery and fitted with the special nose cone and huge rear wing, making this iconic tribute look like it is doing 200mph standing still!! Under the hood is nothing but the very best, a genuine NASCAR 426 cubic inch fuel injected Hemi engine producing in excess of 500 horsepower all controlled by a MOTEC engine management system. Side exiting exhaust system also adds to the race feel!! The Hemi engine is backed up by a 727 Torqueflite automatic gearbox. Inside is as per original with standard seats in black vinyl. Keeping an eye on all the excitement under the hood are a selection of Autometer gauges. The car sits perfectly on a set of NASCAR Stockcar rims with period Goodyear stencilled tyres. So, if you are in the market for a special Muscle Car for your car collection then look no further!! Now available via video inspection at our Kogarah facility.