1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD #RM23V0A162352. (Stock #4063). In the late 1960’s, Chrysler Corporation decided to take their racing endeavors up a notch and, in 1969, introduced the Dodge Daytona in order to lure Richard Petty, their former racing champion, back from Ford. Upon driving the new Daytona race car, Petty returned to Chrysler and a new chapter was opened in Nascar Racing. Following 1 year of production of the Daytona, Chrysler introduced the Plymouth Superbird. The lure worked and Petty won eight races that season in the new 200 mph Superbird. Dubbed as “The Winged Warriors,” the new Superbirds became the contender on Nascar tracks. Nascar rules stated that in order for a race car to qualify, 500 street-going examples of the car must be produced. Nascar made it tougher on Chrysler and demanded that there must be 1 retail Superbird built for every 2 Plymouth dealerships in the U.S. , resulting in 1928 street-going Superbirds being built during the 1970 model year. Of that number, just 16 were built with the huge “Super Commando” 440 cubic inch “Six Pack” engine. With 3x2 barrel carburetors sitting on top of a 390 horsepower, 10.5:1 compression engine producing 490 foot pounds of torque with high-lift, low-taper cams, Moly-filled top rings, chrome-flashed valve stems, magna-fluxed connecting rods and wedge-shaped combustion chambers, the Superbird entered the 200 mph club. As a result, and since that performance exceeded the technology of the car’s tires, Nascar prohibited the cars from racing in 1971 and introduced a new rule limiting engine size to 5 liters. Ending an era, the Superbird was probably the most recognizable street car to be built to meet the Nascar homologation requirements to build street cars for competition purposes.
Our car was ordered in perhaps also the most recognizable color of “Vitamin C Orange” and was refinished many years ago in that same color. The optional bucket seat interior is original and in very good condition as are the optional 15" wheels and automatic transmission. The engine bay is most impressive and immaculate. Standard to all Superbirds is the Aerodynamic nose cone, front spoiler and 25” tall rear stabilizer, a streamlined convex rear window, haavy -duty suspension and brakes (power disc), performance axle package and power steering. Our car has all of that and is exceptionally original and correct with one local owner for the past 25 years It is accompanied by its original owner’s manual and warranty book, factory brochures and dealer information sheets, a “Johnny Lightening” die cast metal model- still in original sealed box-- and folders of related material. 55,600 miles. $149,500