Video: Hurricane Ian Rips Rare Mopar Wing Cars Right Out Of The Garage


Without a doubt, Hurricane Ian slammed the Florida coast hard and our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by it. As many Mopar enthusiasts know, Hurricane Ian wasn’t kind to Mopars either; wing cars in particular.

A picture started circling around last week of an orange 1970 Plymouth Super Bird on it’s roof. Of course like everything, all of the keyboard investigators came out of the woodwork calling it fake and photoshopped.

As time went on though, we learned it wasn’t fake at all. It was very real and unfortunately a 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger was also victim to Ian; both owned by the same owner. A fellow named Douglas Thron spoke to the owner Mike and learned a bit more of the story in the below video.

As it turns out, Mike owns four wing cars, two Daytonas and two Super Birds. He managed to move two of his cars to a different location. The other two stayed at his house but were raised up in the air on his four-post hoists to prevent flooding. Sadly that didn’t help as the storm surge was so strong it ripped them off the hoists and out into the street.

“I was in the house and I was downstairs when the storm surge happened trying to save the cars. I just couldn’t do it. They started coming down off the lifts so I got out of the way and watched them go down. The storm surge was pretty strong and it tried to take me too,” Mike explained.

At the time of the video, he was waiting for crews to be able to come in and recover the cars. Until then, they would have to sit where they were. It’s not known what the plans are for the cars once they are recovered.

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Cody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – [email protected] Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody's parents gave him a rusty '69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Cody's garage still features that '69 Charger as well as the additions of a '71 Charger R/T, '71 Super Bee, '08 Challenger SRT8 and a '12 Ram 3500. Cody can truly and proudly say that he is a true Mopar nut in love with all types of Mopars!