This 1978 Dodge Magnum Daytona Is Not A Special Factory Package Car

This 1978 Dodge Magnum Daytona Is Not A Special Factory Package Car

Hey, this normally isn’t me. I’m typically not the guy who is going to go all “factory” on you with nut and bolt restorations and period correct air in the tires, etc, but in this case I feel like I need to speak up and let people know what they’re looking at because unless you are a truly savvy buyer you may be thinking that this is a rare factory “Magnum Daytona” package car from 1978. You think I am kidding? Hey, Chrysler slapped a lame ass wing on the back of a pickup truck a few years ago and called it a Daytona. I know most of you would prefer to forget that but it happened and I am here to let people know that no executive at Chrysler in 1978, despite the fact that the company was careening toward bankruptcy green lit the installation of a Charger Daytona wing on the back of a Magnum. Part of me wants to believe that there was a product planning meeting where someone literally just got fed up and said, “Screw this, let’s put a friggin’ Charger Daytona wing on the back of a Magnum!” Then a couple weeks later the guy actually saw one of the cars drive by and fired everyone involved claiming that he was just on a rant.

All things being equal and looking past the wing, the Chryslers were the best looking cars of the late 1970s. Far cooler looking than a Fairmont and displaying scads more styling than the staid Malibu, this Magnum was a cool looking car back then. Powered by a 2bbl topped 360ci wedge engine, it probably wheezed out like 150hp and was geared like a Bonneville car with a one legged axle, but hey, for the time it was pretty hot stuff. Lean burn system, bitches!

This seller is looking for $3500 for his car. I think that is insanely high, but this guy did have the balls to put a Daytona wing on it so you know he’s coming into the deal strong. What could you actually buy it for? Your guess is as good as ours.


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11 thoughts on “This 1978 Dodge Magnum Daytona Is Not A Special Factory Package Car

  1. Beaver Martin

    I’ll admit I’ve always thought that Magnums were cool, but the wing and price seem to indicate severe mental illnesson the seller’s part. On the other hand, if you remove the wing, delete the bumpers and landau top, maybe add an air grabber then your borderlineing on genus. It’s a thin line friends.

  2. tigeraid

    There’s something slightly sinister about one of these done right, lowered, stockcar-style fat tires and wheels, that kind of thing.

    This is an abomination.

      1. Nick

        He’s got a yellow one also for sale, and a white one in the background. Both with wings. That makes 4! WTF

  3. Bryan McTaggart

    Magnums need a NASCAR-style ducktail or no spoiler at all. Or at the very least, a nosecone that doesn’t have a Cord grille on it.

    I already proved a while ago that the 2nd gen Cordoba is better suited for a Daytona conversion…

  4. Colinv

    Looks about the same as my Cordoba (mine DOES NOT have the wing) Factory paint, interior serviceable but definitely used. I get mine for $2,800 Running and driving as this one appears to be. $3,500 is to rich for my blood. I think I could go up to the $2,800 I paid minus the cost of abomination removal.

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