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1970 Plymouth Superbird 440Ci/375Hp V8
DOCUMENTED, REAL DEAL, #S MATCH 440! ROTISSERIE RESTORED.
This is a genuine Superbird! Verified in the VIN, original fender tag, 3 build sheets, warranty booklet and Galen Govier listed it in the registry. # match motor. It has had the same owner the last 20 years. It underwent a rotisserie restoration about 20 years ago and has been well cared for since.
The story behind the rise and fall, then rise again of the Winged Warriors:
In 1969 the Dodge Daytona was built to win NASCAR races. The engineers at Mopar squeezed all the horsepower they could out of their cars, so they called in a rocket scientist to increase speed with aerodynamics. Every bend curve and arch served a purpose. It wasn’t for show, it was to win races and that is what it did. It was the first car to ever exceed 200 mph on a closed-circuit track. Over at Plymouth their star NASCAR driver, Richard Petty, was handicapped by the limitations of the Road Runner so he jumped ship and went to Ford. In 1970 it was Plymouth that would carry on the Winged Warrior program with the Superbird. It was an attempt to lure back Petty and win races, both were achieved. As a matter of fact, it won so many races it caused its own demise. The top speeds these cars were achieving caused NASCAR to change their rules which brought a quick end to the Winged Warriors. NASCAR regulations said the manufacturers had to offer whatever they were racing as a production car to the public. They were rather obnoxious looking and impractical as an everyday car. They collected dust at the dealer showrooms, some dealers went as far as to remove the nose and wing. Today they are considered the holy grail of muscle cars!
The wildest looking car of the muscle car era! It wasn’t just to be gimmicky, this is a wind tunnel tested aerodynamic super car in it’s day. Starting up front is the metal nose cone with flip up headlights. The longer fenders were from a Coronet and have scoops on top. The hood is extended and held closed with racing pins. The windshield pillars are covered with stainless caps to be more aerodynamic. The rear window is smaller, more slanted and flush mounted. Each car had a vinyl top to cover the modifications of the window. Then of course there’s the wing: made of aluminum it’s adjustable and functional providing as much as 600 lbs of down force. The condition of this body and it’s parts is very good. Dry, clean, straight metal. Repainted Lemon Twist yellow, it’s 20 years old and shows really well. The vinyl top is excellent. Windshield looks new. The vent window frames, mirrors, handles, and bumper are shiny chrome. Weather strips were replaced. 15 inch rally wheels were repainted, the trim is excellent.
It’s a factory white interior. The door panels, upholstery and headrests have all been replaced. The dash area is clean, not beat up, cut or broken. It has an in-dash tachometer, original radio. Excellent headliner and visors. These all have an extended rear shelf because of the modified rear window.
Original vin # matching 440-375 hp Super Commando. It looks completely stock: the manifolds, valve covers and air cleaner. It even has dated Chrysler plug wires, the heat shield and tube going to the air cleaner, correct hose clamps etc. It features power steering and brakes. The components are clean and proper: original Roadrunner horns, squirters are hooked up, battery is properly secured. It has it’s original trim tag and matching VIN on core support. The engine bay is clean metal painted matching yellow.
These cars come with 2 jacks and this car has them. It has the correct bumper jack and a scissors jack because there is no front bumper. The spare is a rally wheel. Solid metal painted yellow. It has the matching VIN on the 1/4 panel lip.
It was flipped on a rotisserie and all components were removed. The underside metal is all dry and clean. The floors, frame rails, rockers are mint. The factory seams are crisp. It was painted Lemon Twist body color. The fuel system was replaced including the tank. It has the original style dual exhaust with and chrome tips, electric cutouts were added. The front-end steering and suspension was completely rebuilt. The rear suspension was also rebuilt. The brake system was restored: the lines were replaced, the e-brake is hooked up, it has disc in front. Looking up at the motor it is clean, the starter looks fresh. It has the correct casting codes and date; the original vin stamp matches the car. It has the correct 727 Torqueflite automatic, it looks clean. Correct 8 3/4 rear end.
We inspected the car and tightened the belts, adjusted the carb and timing, repaired the reverse lights, changed the oil and filter kit in the trans, repaired the horn and dome light.
Round Lake, Illinois