Barn finds are a wonderful thing; they can incredibly contain some of the most sought after classic cars in a dusty, sometimes rusty condition.

A racing icon has been uncovered in all of its barn glory.

Over in the US, a restoration shop owner was given a heads up on an incredible 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona that was reportedly sitting in a barn in Alabama for a number of decades.

Only 560 Dodge Charger Daytonas were built back in the ’60s as part of homologation rules in order to race in NASCAR. During the time there were many other muscle cars ruling the NASCAR racetracks and the Charger Daytona was Dodge’s answer.

The Daytona barn find is understood to have had two owners in it’s lifetime, the first is said to be a town judge who bought the 18 ft long car for his wife and the second owner was remarkably 18 at the time and purchased the car to take to spring break in Florida. I guess that explains the unfortunate flames painted on the side.

Even with those non-original flames, the Charger Daytona here is as it is when it rolled out of the factory back in the late ’60s. It features the R4 Charger Red paint with contrasting white tail, bucket seats, the huge V8 and 20,553 miles on the clock.

According to Autoblog, a pristine “concours-worthy” Dodge Charger Daytona commands around $262,000 (£172,828).

Apparently a perfectly restored Charger Daytona was sold for $900,000 at an auction earlier this year and with estimates ranging from $150,000 to $180,000, it seems that there is some serious potential with this barn find.