First things first, yes, you're definitely looking at a real Superbird. And yes, it still carries its numbers matching 440 V8 engine, mated to its original 4-speed manual. Finished in gorgeous Lemon Twist Yellow paint and documented with its original factory buildsheet, this legendary Mopar is one the coolest, most sought-after muscle cars that we've ever featured at Streetside Classics and we're incredibly proud to present it to the market in all its nose-cone and big-wing glory.
It's just too cool to own a car that was so fast it was outlawed, and that's a big part of the thrill of the Superbird. Only 1,935 of these highly-modified Road Runners were ever built, and their primary purpose was to destroy the FoMoCo stock cars for the 1970 season, and look darn good while doing it. This real-deal Superbird has exactly the right look, thanks to the genuine steel nose cone and blacked-out pop-up headlights, the towering rear wing, and vinyl top that was added to hide the welding seams left by the fitment of the flush-mounted rear window, all of which were actually found on NASCAR-spec cars when they were new. Other awesome details include the rearward facing scoops on the front fenders and the extended hood borrowed from the Coronet, not to mention the higher-end Lemon Twist paint augmented with cartoon Road Runner graphics and billboard-sized "Plymouth" graphics on the rear flanks, which in our opinion is the ultimate color combination for a Superbird. The paint isn't perfect, but certainly on the higher-end side and presents incredibly well, the chrome rear bumper and remaining bright work provides a nice shiny contrast to the yellow finish, which is further testament to the effort invested in the build. This was clearly a labor of love.
The Superbird had a standard Road Runner interior that came in either black or white, and you could get a variety of option combinations as well, so finding black buckets and a console is the ultimate find in our opinion. The seat covers look great on the high-back buckets with only very minor wear to be found and there's nice woodgrain on the console that matches the trim on the pistol-grip shifter, combining to add a touch of sophistication to the Big Bird's interior. The original dash offers a full array of Rallye gauges, including a factory Tick-Tock-Tach, and remarkably, all of those gauges are still operable sans the clock, which is very common in vintage cars. A Music Master AM stereo lives in the center of the dash and is likely the car's original piece, the steering wheel is stock and has a cool lower half horn ring, the back seat looks seldom used, and even the heater and defrost are working, further proof that this rare classic has always been well-cared for. The Superbird's trunk is positively massive and includes a correct mat, a full-size spare wrapped in a matching Goodyear tire, both factory jack assemblies, and correct braces for the rear wing. Too cool!
The numbers matching 440 cubic inch V8 is rated at 375 BHP from the factory and topped with a 4-barrel carburetor like the fender tag dictates, generating the kind of big torque that makes this Superbird a blast to drive on the street. Nicely detailed and completely stock looking, it's got a factory dual-snorkel air cleaner up top complete with correct "Super Commando" decals, plus Hemi Orange paint on the block and valve covers for a little added dress-up. A big radiator up front means this smooth big block V8 stays cool and with power steering, power brakes, and a numbers matching A833 4-speed manual HD transmission, it's surprisingly easy to drive for something with this much speed potential. A factory-spec dual exhaust snarls and cackles away (although the Dynomax mufflers and tips will need to be replaced) and the underside of the car is shockingly clean, with the pans painted to match the topside. There are no major deviations from stock, which means you get the real experience of a HEMI XHD suspension with a front sway bar, HD firm-ride shocks, and the heavy-duty Dana 60 Sure-Grip rear end filled with 3.45 gears. And we love the plain-Jane Rally wheels and wrapped in staggered 235/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear Goodyear Eagle GTII white-letter radials for an industrial-strength look.
Beautifully presented and turnkey ready, this ultimate Mopar collector is the pinnacle of American muscle. Documented with a well-preserved factory build sheet and decoded fender tag, we'll probably be talking about this very Superbird 10 years from now, although if these trends continue, the value will be well over $300k. These don't come up for sale all that often, so don't hesitate and call now!