By the top of the 1960s, American muscle vehicles had reached new extremes of efficiency and styling. This 1970 Plymouth Superbird exemplifies the go-for-broke angle of American automakers at the moment. The just lately restored automobile is at the moment up for public sale by means of AutoHunter.com, with a excessive bid of $105,000 on the time of publication.
The Superbird was the product of a battle between Chrysler and Ford to dominate NASCAR. Within the late 1960s, each automakers found out that aerodynamics could create an advantage on-track. Issues began off gradual in 1969 with the Dodge Charger 500 and Ford Torino Talladega/Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II twins, all subtly modified variations of current fashions.
In September 1969, Dodge upped the ante with its Charger Daytona, which sported a large rear wing and a pointed nosecone. The add-ons appeared cartoonish, however they labored: In its first qualifying look, the Daytona reached 199 mph, about 20 mph sooner than the earlier Charger NASCAR racer. NASCAR guidelines of the time additionally required Dodge to promote highway vehicles geared up with the identical aero addenda for homologation.
1970 Plymouth Superbird (photograph by AutoHunter.com)
Plymouth joined the occasion in 1970 with the Superbird, which acquired the identical nosecone and rear wing because the Daytona, however was primarily based on the Road Runner physique shell. The Superbird was pitched as a higher-volume sibling to the Daytona, however that also meant only one,935 had been produced throughout its sole mannequin yr, in keeping with the itemizing.
This automobile is provided with a 4-speed guide transmission and a 440-cubic-inch V-8, which has been stroked to 505 cubic inches. Whereas Superbirds had been obtainable from the manufacturing facility with the 440 V-8, the block isn’t unique to this automobile, the itemizing notes. The engine was additionally initially geared up with a 4-barrel carburetor, however it has been upgraded to the Six Pack setup, with three 2-barrel carburetors.
The automobile was just lately restored, and it has been pushed solely 20 miles because the restoration, in keeping with the itemizing. The itemizing additionally says it has simply 39,309 miles on the odometer. It wears the Lemon Twist Yellow hue it left the manufacturing facility with, making this automobile a yellow chicken of a distinct feather from the Ruf CTR that popularized that identify. The automobile has spent its whole life in Texas, and is obtainable with a clear title from that state, the auctioneer says.