<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055

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1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car

Sold for US$ 12,100 inc. premium
1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car
Chassis no. SVI-4055

136ci DOHC Turbocharged and Intercooled Inline 4-Cylinder
SVI-Calibrated Bosch L-Jetronic Fuel Injection
225 bhp at 6,250rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
Front Kelsey-Hayes Disc - Rear Extra-Duty Drum Brakes

*One-of-one concept pace car
*Paced the Indy World Series 1983 and 1984 seasons
*Speed tested at a USAC-verified 173.222mph
*Custom fabricated for Dodge by Specialized Vehicles, Inc.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Introduced in 1984, the new Dodge Daytona (along with the Chrysler Lanser) was a front-wheel drive two-door hatchback based on the new G platform—a derivative itself of the famous K platform. Over the course of nearly a decade of production, the G platform would start with a 2.2 liter straight four, often turbocharged, and grow up to a 3 liter V6, with versions from Shelby—and even a Lamborghini Jalpa V8-powered concept—appearing along the way.

Of course, before the Daytona would go into production, the stage had to be set to introduce the world to the car. And how better to do that then as the official pace car for the Indy World Series—one of the premier motorsports leagues worldwide with the Indianapolis 500 among its impressive roster of events.

Created in association with PPG Industries, an official sponsor of Indy since 1980, this Daytona is the third pace car they helped create. More than just show, these custom fabricated creations were high performance machines that previewed what was to hit the road in the years to come. Developed under Dodge's guidance and crafted and race engineered by Specialized Vehicles, Inc. (SVI), this car and the two that preceded it were based on the venerable two-point-two inline four.

The offered lot is a one-of-one concept car. While the previous pace cars had been Omni-based creations, this second-generation pace car required the creation of something that literally didn't exist—the new G platform. Starting with a four-door K platform, a complete internal safety structure was integrated into the unibody. The rear doors were removed while the front doors were lengthened by three inches and the roofline lowered by one. The entire body, first molded in clay and extensively wind tunnel tested, was fabricated in steel by SVI's master metalcrafter. Save for the nose and tail extension, the entire car is skinned in hand-formed steel. The windshield, a more steeply raked production piece is augmented by plexiglass side and rear windows.

Mechanically, much of the drivetrain is familiar Dodge bits—but many were custom-made concept pieces when built for this car. Fitted with a turbo and intercooler capable of up to 12psi of boost, it was later uprated to higher Stage Two spec capable of 15psi. A balanced and blueprinted, solid billet steel Moldex crankshaft spun forged pistons and Crower rods up to an uprated Connolly-modified cylinder head with oversized valves and raised port castings. An engine-bay mounted AutoMeter tachometer allowed for easy tuning under the hood. Power flowed through a stock 5-speed manual transaxle while handcrafted Monroe shocks and struts kept things planted; bigger front Kelsey-Hayes disc and rear oversized drum brakes slowed things down. 16 inch Ronal Racing allow rims, 8 inches wide at the front and 8.5 inches at the back, allowed for sticky, fat VR-spec tires to transmit the power. The exterior features a 21-coat high luster PPG paint while the inside is fitted with a full racing harness and a dashboard limited safety switches operating the lights and fire suppression system.

Pacing the 1983 and 1984 seasons, probably would have been a good enough accomplishment for most cars, but this car took some time to run some speed laps around Goodyear's circular San Angelo, Texas test track where, on February 15, 1984, it set a United States Auto Club guideline-approved average lap speed of 173.222mph over the course of two 15 mile runs with peak speeds measured in excess of 178mph.

Following its pace car duties, the car was deaccessioned from Chrysler to the Stone Mountain Antique Car and Treasure Museum in Stone Mountain, Georgia for the princely sum of $1. The car would remain on static display until the museum was closed in 2008 and acquired by the current owner shortly after the sale of the museum's contents in March of 2009. Since acquisition, the Daytona has continued to be kept in careful, static display and has not been run since purchase.

That majority of these PPG pace cars were effectively donated to institutions, and many remain on display. A rare example that can be acquired for private collection, this custom-made performance tested concept car is complete with two framed posters, a copy of Dodge High Performance Magazine in which the car is featured and shown on the cover, extra keys and hood pins, and documentation for the 2009 Stone Mountain auction.

Footnotes

  • Sold on a bill of sale.
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<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
<b>1983 Dodge Datyona PPG Indy Pace Car</b><br />Chassis no. SVI-4055
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