200 miles per hour is a huge undertaking for any driver and car pair to achieve, even for a short period of time. I have never done that. I’m sure some of you have, but probably not many. Back in 1970, Buddy Baker averaged 200 mph for an entire lap of the Talladega Freeway (then known as the Alabama International Freeway), making him and car number 88 here Be the first to achieve it. It now belongs to the former NASCAR Team Leader and Team Owner Ray Evernham, and now he is selling it.
This exact car, serial number DC-93, was built as a race car from an old Charger 500 press car. The car made its racing debut at the Daytona 500 in 1969 without aero assistance. After that short time, it specially built for Dodge aero testing of so-called winged cars. Later that year, it rejoined NASCAR with Charlie Glotzbach at the wheel, where he qualified for pole for the first Talladega 500, breaking world speed. The record for the lap average closed at 199,446 MPH. Six months later, it was delivered to Buddy Baker specifically for the purpose of breaking the 200 MPH barrier.
During its time as a race car, the DC-93 was driven by Bobby Allison, Dan Gurney, Bobby Isaac, James Hylton, and Don White. White competed in the USAC Stock Car competition for several seasons, before it was finally retired in the mid-1970s. White kept the car until 1998 when it was acquired by NASCAR historian Greg Kwiatkowski and eventually jointly transferred to Evernham. It was during Evernham’s time with the car that it was perfectly restored to its original 1969 top speed rating.
This is a pretty incredible machine with an interesting history. It is said to have had all the documentation and research done to confirm its authenticity, and the transfer of ownership has been recorded since it left Dodge’s management position. It’s hard to beat anything with the 426 Hemi under the hood, but it’s possibly one of the most important cars ever powered by an elephant engine.
There’s no telling what price this car will sell for, as there’s really nothing to match something with such history. Hemi supports standard path The Charger Daytona was once a seven-figure car in the muscle car bubble of the 2000s, and this car likely will remain that way. That same machine is now worth about 3/4 million for the #1 concurrency example. Add the provenance of this and you’re probably looking at something between one and three million.
I guess if you have the guts and the will, you’ll know where you need to be on Saturday, May 21. Indianapolis is where you need to be, for the Mecum auction. Of course. For more pictures and information, click the link and view it.