1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Powers US Postal Service

March 08, 2013 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
HOT SPRINGS, Ark., March 8, 2013 — Muscle cars of the 1960s still captivate the imaginations of driving enthusiasts across the nation, and the U.S. Postal Service is paying homage to five of the most iconic models in its new "Muscle Cars (Forever)" stamp series. Included in the lineup is a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, shown in orange with its prominent rear wing taking center stage. Only 503 versions of the race-inspired 375-horsepower Charger Daytona were produced for that model year, making it a rare collector's item for classic-car aficionados.

The new generation of the Dodge Charger carries on the legacy of the original muscle car, with its long nose, sloping roofline and sculpted body taking cues from the 1960s iteration. A responsive-yet-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 pumps out 292 horsepower, while an available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 offers even more thrills at 370 horsepower. Unlike the first generation, though, the current Charger features four doors and a well-appointed interior for a smooth family-sedan ride.

"The original Dodge Charger Daytona was designed to dominate on the racetrack, and it defined an era of motoring that many still see as the glory days," said Tim Parker, dealer principal of Tim Parker Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, a Hot Springs, Arkansas Dodge dealer. "The current Charger is a worthy heir for continuing that sporty tradition, with signature features like its LED racetrack taillights, but it also has a practical side for enthusiasts who have to balance the demands of daily life with their desire for a stand-out vehicle."

That mix of performance and practicality is proving effective in the showroom, as February sales for the large sedan were up 41 percent over the same month last year, totaling 10,301 units. That uptick in sales made the Charger the second best seller in the Dodge lineup last month, trailing only the popular Dodge Grand Caravan.

Another history-rich muscle car, the Dodge Challenger, also saw impressive sales last month, setting an all-time monthly record by moving 4,911 units, an increase of 34 percent compared to February 2012. Car buyers have been turning to the Challenger at an impressive pace, with the vehicle setting nine sales records during the past 13 months.

"The Challenger hearkens back to that same muscle-car golden era, with a scooped hood, a dual exhaust and optional stripes on the sides or hood that evoke classic style from headlight to spoiler," added Parker. "When people see a car like this on the roads, they expect incredible performance, and with up to 372 horsepower on tap, the Challenger doesn't disappoint."

About Tim Parker Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram:
A winner of Chrysler's Five-Star Dealer and Environmental Leadership awards, Tim Parker Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has been serving Arkansas drivers for years with new and pre-owned car sales, service and parts at their Hot Springs auto dealership. Whether you're looking for a Ram 1500, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger or Jeep Wrangler, Tim Parker Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will find your ideal model with their unmatched customer-first approach. You can visit their showroom located at 4722 Central Ave. in Hot Springs, call them at 888-227-1487 or find them online at www.timparkerchrysler.com. They can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TimParkerAuto.