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Dodge to celebrate the Daytona's 50th anniversary.

Byline: Matt Avery Special to the Daily Herald

The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was built for speed, sporting aero elements like a wedge front and giant rear wing. Several hundred where built for dealership sale to qualify the car for NASCAR racing. Today, these "wing cars" are sought-after by collectors.

To celebrate the classic's 50th anniversary, Dodge is releasing a 50th Anniversary Edition. These new cars won't get any radical body modifications like its predecessor, but the new models will get a rear "Daytona" decal that wraps over the rear deck lid, onto the rear quarter panels.

The package will be available in four exterior paint colors: Pitch Black, Triple Nickel, White Knuckle and an exclusive B5 Blue. Big 20-inch "Warp Speed" wheels are included, coming in a satin carbon finish with black Brembo brake calipers and vented rotors.

Inside the cabin, there's blue accent stitching and "Daytona" embroidered on the seat backs. The passenger side of the dash gets a custom serialized badge.

While there aren't any mechanical changes to the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V-8 engine, the shift points have been increased in automatic mode. That results in a 10-horsepower boost, upping the total to 717, which is exclusive to this model.

Only 501 will be built and pricing hasn't been announced. Ordering begins later this fall with vehicles arriving in showrooms early next year.

Brown Lee Ford Mustang

Brown Lee Ford, a dealership in Morrison, Tennessee, is adding more ponies to a limited-edition Mustang, one called the Gulf Heritage Edition Mustang.

Buyers can select between a coupe or convertible from the 2019 or 2020 model years. Each car will come custom painted in Gulf blue, highlighted with orange accents. The scheme hearkens back to the GT40s Ford drove to victories in the 1968 and 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans races.

Under the hood, the stock 5.0-liter V-8 is retained but boosted to 808 horsepower by way of a 3.0-liter supercharger. An intercooler is also added, along with an air induction system and upgraded fuel injectors. Transmission options will include the stock ten-speed automatic or the six-speed manual.

The brakes will be upgraded to Brembo six- and four-piston units, clamping down onto 15-inch rotors. The calipers will be painted orange. The wheels will be 20-inch alloys, finished in a gloss gunmetal and wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires.

These special steeds will also sit lower, thanks to sport suspension. To ensure optimum output, the cars will be dialed in on a chassis dyno.

Inside, the cabin will get a custom full leather and alcantara interior. In addition to orange highlights and orange stitching on the front seats, the Gulf racing team logo will be embroidered on the headrests.

Exterior touches will include carbon fiber side sills, front splitter and rear diffuser. There's also a grille delete to improve air flow and Gulf logos on the fenders and rear panel.

A special serial number plaque will be installed on the dashboard and in the engine bay. The series will be limited to just 119 modified Mustangs and each will cost $139,995.

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Title Annotation:Lifestyle
Author:Avery, By Matt
Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Aug 18, 2019
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