It was 2005 when this Daytona finally saw the light of day after resting some 30 odd years in the back of a Quonset hut. It was covered with years of dust and bags of “stuff.”
Engine: In 1969, this one was delivered to the dealership with a 440 under the hood. The same numbers matching 440 is still under the hood, but Mike Ege, of Mooresville, North Carolina, handled the rebuilding chores. The only deviation from stock is the .030-inch overbore, and the addition of oversized pistons. The rest of the engine was rebuilt to factory specs.
Transmission: Mike Mancini and his crew rebuilt the Daytona’s original 727 to as-good-as-new condition.
Rear: It’s a basic 8-3⁄4 with a Sure Grip and 3.55 highway gears—it works and makes the car a blast to drive.
Suspension: Again, going for Gold means factory correct, so N.O.S. parts fill the undercarriage after the rebuild
Brakes: It’s hard to believe that something built for the speeds this car is capable of was delivered with manual drums on all four corners.
Wheels/Tires: Again, with a Gold rating being the goal, correct and original F70-14 Redlines wrap the restored 14-inch Road Wheels.
Paint/Body: It’s perfect. Not the over-restored kind of perfect, but the perfect that is required to be factory correct. The Single-Stage W1 Alpine White was applied by the crew at American Muscle Car Restorations in Rhode Island. The Red butt stripe and wing makes a great contrast.
Interior: All interior fabrics in the red gut are N.O.S. and hand stitched to make the seat covers, headliner, and door panels.
Factory: Tony tells us that he has documentation that only two Daytonas left the factory with this color combination.