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Troy Hawkes' '69 Dodge Charger Daytona is a real head-turner wherever he goes.

With his interest sparked at a very early age, Troy has spent pretty much his whole life with a car like this on his mind.


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1969 Dodge Charger Daytona - Troy Hawkes' interest began at a very early age
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Troy Hawkes' father purchased a new 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona when Troy was five years old. Troy has vague memories of the purchase and not much better memories of the car itself as his father soon replaced it with a more family-friendly Plymouth Fury. Troy's best memories are of standing on the rear seat and peering over the front seat at the screen at the local drive-in theater.

Later on, with his passion for cars now firmly in place, Troy discovered just how unique his father's car was, and he began a quest to find one for himself. Over time, he acquired a '69 Charger 500, a '68 Hemi Charger R/T, '71 Charger R/T survivor, and, eventually, a '70 six pack Charger R/T project. He eventually sold the '71 to pay off student loan debt.

He later joined the U.S. Air Force, and during his off time while deployed to Iraq in 2005, he found on eBay a V2 Hemi Orange '69 Charger Daytona with color-matched steelies. He didn't have the funds necessary to buy the car, so he offered to trade one of his three cars for it. The seller was interested, but, unfortunately, wanted all three of Troy's cars! Troy said no, and the search continued.

Meanwhile, Troy continued with a restoration of his '68 Hemi Charger. About a year later, the same Charger Daytona came up for sale again on eBay from the same owner, although the car now had Magnum 500's and Goodyear GT's. Troy again offered to trade, and, again, the seller wanted all three of his cars. But this time, with his '68 Hemi Charger now well along in the restoration, Troy convinced the seller to possibly take that car alone in trade. The seller said he'd take the '68 Charger and the '69 Charger. Troy agreed, and he, his son, and a friend went off to Dallas to actually take a look at this'69 Charger Daytona that had been on his mind for so long.

Although it needed some work here and there, it was overall in great shape. He took it for a test drive, and, wouldn't you know it, it died. But, the problem was simple and quickly corrected. After appraising the situation and determining the car had all of its original sheetmetal, Troy said yes. The following weekend, the seller came down to Houston with his two-car hauler with the Daytona on it, and the trade was made. Troy was a bit sad to see the '69 leave as he had done much with it, and it had opened the door to many cool activities with the National Aero clubs at multiple events at NASCAR tracks during Cup races.

But now he got to start another chapter in his life. Just as his father had cruised around with him and his sister back in 1969 and 1970, he, too, cruises around in his Daytona with his 5-year-old daughter and 11-year-old stepson. The Daytona has been in numerous publications over the years, both domestic and international. The latest was the Fall 2011 Motor Trend Classic. The photoshoot was done at Texas Motor Speedway, and Troy took full advantage of the situation, gathering over 30 laps in the car and multiple laps at more than 130 mph on the high banks.

The car is an original 440 with a Torqueflite 727 in front of a 4.10 Dana. It is an original Super High Performance axle package car. Because he likes to just drive his cars and keep them as close to original as possible, he installed a Gear Vendors overdrive unit, which turned out to be a great investment.

Troy was able to track down the car's history, at least back to 1994, when it was restored and sold to a collector in England. After a decade there, it came back to the US where Julius from "Restorations by Julius" removed the 426 Hemi that was installed in England with an OEM spec '69 440. It was then sold to Dallas owner from whom Troy bought it.

As Troy puts it, the interior was "massaged a little" with the dash fully restored plus the addition of a voltmeter conversion for safety reasons. The gauge was restored to OEM Amp readings though, just like original. The carpet was replaced with one from ECS Automotive Concepts, and because this company doesn't roll their carpets but rather ship them completely flat, the fit was like a glove.

Needless to say, the Daytona gets attention wherever Troy takes it.

Update:

Troy tracked down the original owner recently and spoke with him for a long time. There was an urban legend of a rock band back in the day in which all three band members owned '69 Charger Daytonas. The band was out of Paducah, KY and called "The Executives".

Well, as fate would have it, his car was one of the very Daytonas - and the legend is true. The two other Daytonas were an Code A4 Silver exterior with black interior/wing/stripe and a Code R4 red exterior with white interior/wing/stripe, all three were purchased from Parker Dodge.


  • To see the 1969 Charger Brochure click HERE
  • To See 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Road Tests click HERE 
  • To see 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Driving Impressions click HERE

Daytona's Have the most interesting front ends -

Some see a UFO at rest, others see beauty - either way, they sure as heck get attention

The interior is pretty much stock. Troy added some extra gauging to better monitor the car's vitals.

That's a 440 under the hood.

On the track at the Texas Motor Speedway where the car was photographed for the Fall 2011 issue of Motor Trend Classic magazine.

Hanging out at the local burger joint.