Ted Stephens’ 1969 Charger Daytona Goes Under the Knife for “Chop Cut Rebuild”


Many of you wing car enthusiasts know of the famous wrecked 1969 Charger Daytona  carcass that has lay resting in Ted Stephens’ of Stephens Performance junkyard for the past many years. Believed to be VIN XX29L9B405184 sold new at Crown Motors in Gadsden, Alabama, by wing car record keepers, this Daytona has seen much better days.

The story goes that this Daytona was used as a getaway car in a robbery and then crashed into a ditch therefore leading to the damage on the car. After ending up in a junkyard, Ted saved it from being crushed and it has been a lawn ornament since. Over time it was substantially stripped leaving only the bare mangled carcass you see today. It’s been said that Ted has never expressed interest in restoring the Daytona; instead wanting to leave it to rest in peace.

Some say the Daytona’s identification tags were stolen years ago where others say Ted has them tucked away for safe keeping. Besides being dragged onto a flat deck truck and displayed at the 2015 Wellborn Muscle Car Museum Aero Warrior Reunion, the Daytona has been left alone. That was until the crew from the TV show “Chop, Cut, Rebuild” approached Ted with a plan to team up with Auto Metal Direct (AMD) and restore the Daytona to it’s originally glory.

We’re going to guess Ted agreed to it because the Daytona was hauled to C. Hopkins Rods and Customs; also known as the AMD Installation Center and the “Chop, Cut, Rebuild” team is already tearing it apart. We’re not sure if and when it will air on TV but for now, they are posting everything on the “Chop, Cut, Rebuild” Facebook page.


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Cody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – cody.krueger@shawgroupmedia.com 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 '70 Coronet, '71 Charger R/T, '71 Super Bee, '04 SRT-4, '06 Grand Cherokee SRT8, '08 Challenger SRT8 and a '17 Ram 1500 Rebel. Cody can truly and proudly say him and his wife are true Mopar nuts in love with all types of Mopars!

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