The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and the 1970 Plymouth Superbird may not have achieved commercial success during their original production runs, but they have since become iconic symbols of the muscle car era. Today, original examples of these cars can fetch six-figure sums at auction, reflecting their enduring popularity among collectors and enthusiasts alike. In fact, the demand for these classic models has led to the development of modern-day homages by car customization companies, catering to those who wish to experience the spirit of these iconic vehicles in a contemporary context.
One such company is ExoMod Concepts, based in Greenville, Pennsylvania, which recently unveiled its latest creation at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Rosemont, Illinois. The ExoMod D69 Carbon Daytona, as it’s called, pays homage to the iconic Charger Daytona using the latest Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye as its base. The vehicle boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that churns out an impressive 807 horsepower. What sets the D69 Carbon Daytona apart, however, is its unique carbon fiber body, meticulously crafted to replicate the distinctive styling of the original Charger Daytona, including its unmistakable rear wing.
The process of transforming a stock Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye into the D69 Carbon Daytona involves stripping the car down to its safety cage before adding the custom carbon-fiber body parts. ExoMod also integrates its own LED lights at the front and rear, along with a flip-top gas cap featuring a stainless-steel finish. Additional enhancements include a custom active exhaust system and Forgeline wheels finished in dark satin bronze, wrapped in Nitto NT555 tires. Overall, the build process requires approximately 2,000 hours of painstaking craftsmanship and attention to detail.
With a starting price of $395,000 for a turnkey vehicle, the ExoMod D69 Carbon Daytona represents a significant investment. However, the company assures potential buyers that the original factory warranty for the powertrain is preserved, and servicing can be arranged at most Dodge dealerships. This ensures that owners can enjoy the high-performance capabilities of the D69 Carbon Daytona with peace of mind, knowing that their investment is backed by the manufacturer’s support.
In addition to its tribute to the Charger Daytona, ExoMod also offers a modern interpretation of the original wide-body 1968 Dodge Charger. This further demonstrates the company’s dedication to preserving the legacy of classic American muscle cars while infusing them with contemporary performance and technology.
The continued popularity of the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and the 1970 Plymouth Superbird is a testament to the enduring appeal of these unique and highly revered vehicles. With the introduction of modern homages like the ExoMod D69 Carbon Daytona, a new generation of enthusiasts can experience the thrill and excitement of these iconic cars in a way that honors their heritage while embracing the latest advancements in automotive engineering.