By the finish of the 1960s, American muscle vehicles had reached new extremes of efficiency and styling. This 1970 Plymouth Superbird exemplifies the go-for-broke mindset of American automakers at that time. The just lately restored vehicle is at the moment up for auction via AutoHunter.com, with a substantial bid of $105,000 at the time of publication.
The Superbird was the solution of a battle in between Chrysler and Ford to dominate NASCAR. In the late 1960s, the two automakers figured out that aerodynamics could produce an benefit on-track. Items began off slow in 1969 with the Dodge Charger 500 and Ford Torino Talladega/Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II twins, all subtly modified versions of present designs.
In September 1969, Dodge upped the ante with its Charger Daytona, which sported a substantial rear wing and a pointed nosecone. The include-ons looked cartoonish, but they worked: In its very first qualifying look, the Daytona reached 199 mph, about twenty mph quicker than the prior Charger NASCAR racer. NASCAR principles of the time also necessary Dodge to promote street vehicles outfitted with the exact same aero addenda for homologation.
1970 Plymouth Superbird (photograph by AutoHunter.com)
Plymouth joined the celebration in 1970 with the Superbird, which received the exact same nosecone and rear wing as the Daytona, but was primarily based on the Street Runner physique shell. The Superbird was pitched as a greater-volume sibling to the Daytona, but that even now meant only one,935 have been made throughout its sole model yr, in accordance to the listing.
This vehicle is outfitted with a four-pace guide transmission and a 440-cubic-inch V-eight, which has been stroked to 505 cubic inches. Whilst Superbirds have been offered from the factory with the 440 V-eight, the block is not authentic to this vehicle, the listing notes. The engine was also initially outfitted with a four-barrel carburetor, but it has been upgraded to the 6 Pack setup, with 3 two-barrel carburetors.
The vehicle was just lately restored, and it truly is been driven only twenty miles because the restoration, in accordance to the listing. The listing also says it has just 39,309 miles on the odometer. It wears the Lemon Twist Yellow hue it left the factory with, generating this vehicle a yellow bird of a distinct feather from the Ruf CTR that popularized that identify. The vehicle has invested its whole existence in Texas, and is provided with a clean title from that state, the auctioneer says.