By Dan Howlett @DanHowlett85
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Videographer / Director: David Ryder
Producer: John Balson, Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters
Ron Smith, 71, decided he wanted to have some fun before being deployed to Vietnam in 1969 so bought one of only 503 Dodge Charger Daytonas.
He spent $4776.46 on the car - $30,000 in today’s money – and began touring America before heading off to South East Asia.
When he returned from the war he drove the classic car for a number of years before he finally gave up on it in 1980.
The car was beginning to fail regularly and was old by the standards of the day so Ron parked it in his father’s lock up where it remained for more than two decades.
Ron began thinking about restoring the car a few years ago but had to be sure his prized possession would not fall into the wrong hands.
After being recommended a trusted restorer by a handyman who spotted the car in the lock up Ron decided to take the risk and contacted Marshall Woolery.
Marshall, 45, was sceptical and did not believe a Dodge Charger Daytona could be locked away in someone’s barn.
Marshall said: “I went to see the car as a favour to a friend but never in a million years did I believe there would be a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona in there.
“Originally Ron asked me to do a full restoration but that would have cost him more than $100,000 and you would have lost a lot of what the car was.
“You can’t recreate all the time that has passed since this car was built – so we just fixed it.
“We probably spent around $12,000 on fixing the car and replaced it with original parts or as close as we could possibly get.”
Marshall is confident that Ron’s initial $4776.46 investment could prove to be a savvy one.
“A similar car just went for $900,000,” added Marshall.
“If you get two guys in an auction room who really want this car then the sky is the limit.
“It’s such a rare find – certainly the best barn find I’ve ever heard of.”