Junkyard Find: 1992 Dodge Daytona IROC R/T

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1992 dodge daytona iroc r t

The Reatta we saw in the junkyard yesterday was a pretty rare car (though not so rare as its Hyundai Scoupe neighbor), but California self-service junkyards tend to be full of such jewels. Here’s a long-forgotten, one-of-250-built Mopar that makes those two seem commonplace.

B League Film Society team captain Brandon was in Northern California for the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Sears Point, so I decided to show him one of my favorite Oakland junkyards. First stop: the excellent taco truck that parks in this yard’s parking lot.

From a distance, I thought this thing was a Starion/Conquest. I was right on the Mitsubishi connection, but it’s limited to the engine in this car.

The Mitsubishi 3.0 liter V6 was standard on the Daytona IROC (according to the always-trustworthy Allpar), but the R/T was supposed to have the 224-horse Chrysler Turbo III 2.2 liter engine.

So, either this is a regular IROC with R/T fender emblems, or it’s a real R/T with an engine swap. Either way, there are probably more ’69 Hemi Daytonas extant today than there are ’92 IROC Daytonas.

With a list price of $18,532, the IROC R/T Daytona sold for $2,500 more than the ’92 Camaro Z/28. The Dodge scaled in at 500 fewer pounds and had 21 fewer horsepower. They aren’t particularly expensive today ( this example for $4,900 was the most expensive one I could find), and they’ll be worth that much more once The Crusher eats this one.

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  • Sixpackdan Sixpackdan on Aug 28, 2014

    This IS a V6 car with badges slapped on it. Engine compartment looks unmolested, dash has no boost gauge and the huge give away is its an automatic no iroc r/t ever came with an auto. Also the dodge sticker on the nose is in red the r/t's had it in white. There is the possibility that the factory accidentaly slapped on the emblems. Even a lot of mopar people don't know the difference from an iroc and an iroc r/t.

  • Dlturner1959 Dlturner1959 on Jul 22, 2018

    We have a 92 IROC R/T Daytona, 53K original miles, we purchased in 1993 from dealership that used it as an "Executive Car". Would consider selling for a fair price. Has been garaged entire time we have owned it. Ours is the real deal.

  • Tassos What was the last time we had any good news from Ford? (or GM for that matter?)The last one was probably when Alan Mulally was CEO. Were you even born back then?Fields was a total disaster, then they go hire this clown from Toyota's PR department, the current Ford CEO, Fart-ley or something.He claims to be an auto enthusiast too (unlike Mary Barra who is even worse, but of course always forgiven, as she is the proud owner of a set of female genitals.
  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).
  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.
  • Wjtinfwb Jeez... I've got 3 Ford's and have been a defender due to my overall good experiences but this is getting hard to defend. Thinking the product durability testing that used to take months to rack up 100k miles or more is being replaced with computer simulations that just aren't causing these real-world issues to pop up. More time at the proving ground please...
  • Wjtinfwb Looks like Mazda put more effort into sprucing up a moribund product than Chevy did with the soon to be euthanized '24 Camaro.