KISSIMMEE, Fla., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A rare 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona -- one of just over 500 ever built -- that was discovered recently rotting in an Alabama barn might fetch upward of $200,000 at auction next month.
The muscle car found in Glenwood, Ala., rusted over and in poor shape, is considered a prized vehicle in classic car circles. Only 503 were built by Chrysler exclusively for the 1969 model year.
The vehicle will go under the hammer at Mecum Auctions next month in Florida, where it is expected to sell for between $150,000 and $180,000. Buyers, of course, could end up paying more or less than that range.
According to news reports, the Daytona's parts are all original, and all the numbers match the records from the factory. Its odometer reads just 20,533 miles.
According to the car's records, it was originally purchased by an Alabama judge and sold five years later. The second owner held onto the Daytona until only recently.
Other gems on the car include a Mopar 440 Magnum V-8 mated to a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. It is also features factory headrest-equipped bucket seats, a rare option for 1960s-era muscle cars, and a dash cluster with clock/tachometer.
However, the paint on the car is not entirely original. One of the owners put custom flame paint on the front end, which might affect its value at auction. Also, experts say, whoever buys the sports car will need to spend a lot of money if they wish to restore it -- which almost always happens with vehicles such as this.
Also, the vehicle does not run in its present state -- another possibly costly endeavor for whoever buys it.
The Daytona, distinctive in part because of its high tail spoiler, has fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars in post-factory sales since its introduction in 1968 because of its rarity. Few other vehicles from its era, like the Shelby Mustang and Plymouth Barracuda, are as valuable on the classic car market.