A guy named Charlie Lyons always wanted to have a 1969 Dodge Daytona and finally he had found one! These photos has been made by the professional photographer, John Machaqueiro, who went to the Alabama country side to show the world this beauty of Daytona. He made really good photos of the Dodge with extremely high details. He made excellent job shooting and filming this 1969 Dodge Daytona. So now, we are all wondering what will happen to this beauty? Would be restore or would be left as it is? Maybe it will be left as a piece of history?
But, Charlie Lyons, and his two kids, Marcus and Kody are having restoring shop in Irvington, Alabama. They are specialized for bringing old machines back to life. Charlie and his sons were working on other cars when he heard about the Daytona he always wanted. He was amazed .He and his sons, drove to the country side to see the Daytona and met the owner. The Daytona beauty was sleeping forgotten in the barn in Glenwood, Alabama, a small town near Montegomery. The owner said to him that the car has 20,000 miles on it and he allowed his dog to sleep in the front seat which was tore apart and a little damaged. In the conversation with the owner Charlie could tell that the owner was still attached to the Daytona and not selling it. Charlie left his contact information to the owner if someday he will change his mind and sell it to Charlie. Charlie was devastated when they left.
After five or six months, the guy texted Charlie, that he would advertise the car for selling and asked for certain amount of money if he want it. Charlie immediately agreed. When they went back up there, Charlie and his two sons, started to airing up the tires, checking the brakes and freeing up them and take the Daytona out of the barn.
Here are some background information from this particular Daytona, which are really interesting. Only few Daytonas were made with bucket seats, automatic transmission and a console. This Daytona was one of these few. The first owner was the town judge and he bought it for his wife to drive. But, in 1974 he went back to the dealership and gave it to them to sell the Daytona for him. The second owner bought it when he was only 18, for 1,800 US dollars. His family was in the timber bussines, but he wanted to go to medical school to become an anesthesiologist. So he bought this Daytona, drove it to Spring Break in Panama City and hired a local painter to make this wild looking flames. The car was running until four years ago.
Right now, Charlie and his two sons are just amazed for owning this beauty. This is the first Daytona he has ever seen in public and it is not in a museum. And he is owning it. He is not sure about restoring it, or keeping it in the same condition, but it is for sure that his dreams came true.