Give this 1970 Plymouth Superbird a New Roost
All forms of racing go through their bonkers phase at least once or twice. For rallying it was the Group B era. For Formula 1 it was the deadly ‘60s and ‘70s. But for NASCAR, it was the short-lived ‘Aero Wars’ of 1969 and ‘70, and this was its biggest poster child. The legendary Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was the 1970 follow-up to 1969’s Dodge Charger Daytona; two muscle cars born out of the fierce Chrysler vs. Ford NASCAR Grand National Series rivalry. Want it? This beautifully sorted Superbird will strut across Mecum’s Anaheim auction block on November 15. RELATED: This is the original Charger Daytona that spawned the Superbird
The Superbird, painted in Plymouth’s Tor-Red hue, boasts a considerable list of awards and accolades, including multiple first place trophies, but that’s not exactly surprising when you take a look at its impressive show quality. The front and rear aero-effects are unmistakable, the deep black interior displays a remarkable sheen, and behind the wheel you’ll see the coveted Tic-Toc-Tach.
Under the hood, the Plymouth puts to use its original V-code 440ci Six Pack engine, featuring three Holley two-barrel carburetors for an output of 390-horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, a welcome feature over the standard four-barrel 440 Super Commando V8.
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Total production figures on the Superbirds are a bit hazy but generally are regarded at around 1,920 models, one for every two Plymouth dealerships in the US. This ‘Bird is just one of 308 models that shipped from the factory equipped with the six-barrel and four-speed transmission.
For lack of a better word, it’s a rare ‘Bird indeed.
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