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Here’s the story of the Mod Top Charger Daytona

by David Zatz on

It was clocked at 200 miles per hour, had a massive wing to force the rear wheels down onto the track, and carried a unique-for-1969 aerodynamic nose up front. It was long and powerful — the two engine choices were a 440 and a 426 Hemi.

Oh, and it had a flowery vinyl roof.

mod top charger Daytona

Ed Poplawski provided the photo, and Drew Gunn and Jim and Julie Moore of the fine and venerable Moore’s Mopars site provided the story.  According to the site, there were actually both Mod Tops (including the floral interior), Floral Tops (no floral interior), and cars with a regular roof and floral interior. The Dart, Super Bee, and Coronet were all done with the tops but not the interiors.

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Cars with the Mod Tops and Floral Tops were the Satellite, Coronet, Super Bee, Barracuda/’Cuda, and Dart/Swinger. Fewer than 3,000 were made and nearly all of them were 1969 Satellites and Barracudas (mostly Satellites).

This particular car is profiled specially by Moore’s Mopars. It is a 1969 Ivy Green Dodge Charger Daytona (though it looks black in photos); the car has since been restored. The one Charger Daytona ever made with a mod top, it appears to have been created to be a show car for a dealer, according to Todd Savage.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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