New Photos Added September 9, 2010
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Daytona on Display
"This '69 Daytona was found io a backyard in Georgia. The first three pictures were taken in 1998. The last picture is the car after a complete restoration. It is now in the Tim Wellborn Collection in Alexander City, Alabama."
From John in Georgia
Special thanks to John for sending some additional information about this rare Daytona:
"Despite the car being blue in the first pictures, it was restored to the original color as seen in the last photo. This car is the one and only paint code 999 (Orange) Daytona.
I waited about 20 years to buy this car. When the opportunity finally came, I saw that the restoration was going to take more than $250,000 to complete. I simply didn’t have that kind of money, but I had promised the owner (who is a good friend) that I would locate a buyer who would do things right by the car. So, I called Tim Wellborn. I knew he had the capacity to do it correctly. I don't remember exactly, but the restoration ended up costing over $300,000. Tim told me that Daytona folks always knew the 999 car existed, but didn’t know where it was or if it survived.
I had known of this car since about 1972. For me, it had always been 'Petty Blue'. So, it was repainted very early (prior to the second owners buying it (who owned it from 1972 until Tim bought it). Even the second owners did not know of the car being the 'wrong' color when they bought it way back then.
This color wasn't offered for a 1969 Daytona, but somehow it ended up being code 999, the same color as the Hemi engine blocks. Mr. Wellborn was very curious as to who at Dodge, in 1969, would have been able to make all of this happen on the assembly line or at Creative Industries for a single car and why, but as far as I know, they never were able to determine this.
To my knowledge, the only thing on the car now that is not original is the set of Kelsey Hayes 'recall' wheels. You probably know these were offered as a Daytona option, but were recalled early in the run due to cracking problems. Tim had a set (which are super rare now) and thought that they looked appropriate on a car that was already a 1 of 1."
"I found this '68 Cougar while exploring some backroads. It seems to be in great shape considering it's been sitting outside for who knows how long. I knocked at the house, but nobody was home. I left a note, and hopefully I'll be able to rescue this classic before it's too late!"
"I was looking for interesting subjects to photograph, and found this 1950 Oldsmobile. The tree growing up through the engine compartment is huge! I'm not sure if the tree grew up through the car or if the front end was disassembled and reassembled around the tree. Either way, it makes for an interesting photo!"
From Brian & Diane in Minnesota
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