Rare Muscle Car from Angola Featured on National TV Show

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM EDT

ANGOLA, N.Y. (WKBW) Ever since Tom Partridge was a little boy, he dreamed of owning a Dodge Charger Daytona.

"I didn't know what the car was but it just had the big wing and the nosecone - and I thought that was pretty cool," said Partridge.

Decades later in 2008, Partridge was able to find one for sale in Missouri for $45,000, but the classic car needed lots of work.

"It was rough. No windows, no motor, no interior, the front suspension was shot on the one side," added the Angola car owner.

Fate would change the future of the rare car.

After looking for hard-to-find parts on Ebay, Partridge learned that a new TV show called "Graveyard Carz" was looking for muscle cars from the 60's and 70's for restoration.

Partridge's Dodge was selected and since 2011 it was in Oregon being filmed and restored.

Just two weeks ago, the car was returned to Western New York looking very much like it did when it was brand new from the factory, but now having a value of over $120,000.

On January 21st, the third season of "Graveyard Carz" will premiere on the Velocity Channel, and viewers will see how the Dodge Charger Daytona from Angola was returned to showroom appearance.

Tom Partridge, a shop teacher at Gowanda Middle School, says he now plans to take the car across the country to show it off at auto shows, but first he is waiting for some warm weather to take the 500 horsepower vehicle out for a drive on dry roads.

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