Man, we have seen a lot of awesome “winged warriors” go across the auction block lately. It makes us wish we had an unlimited amount of cash on hand, to purchase all the great examples of unrestored original, restored, and resto-mod examples we have seen over the last year.
This 1970 Plymouth Superbird, was just 1 of 308 to leave the Lynch Road Assembly Plant in late-1969, as a factory “V-code” 7.2-liter (440 cubic-inch) Super Commando 6-barrel V8 with a 4-speed manual transmission. That was good enough for 390 horsepower (291 kW) @ 4,700 RPM and 490 lb.-ft. (664 N⋅m) @ 3,200 RPM. However, since then, the car has been fitted with a massive 8.4-liter (512 cubic-inch) Chrysler Wedge V8 with 6-barrel fuel injection (don’t worry, the original engine is still with the owner). The 512 Wedge produces 675 horsepower (496 kW).
The engine bay appears to be stock, with an oval air cleaner, OEM-looking ignition wires, and period-correct paint. The car is currently equipped with an 8.75-inch differential with 3.23 highway-friendly gears, but the original Dana 60 rear end with the correct 3.54 Sure Grip unit is included as well. This Plymouth also rides on new suspension components, giving the car an aggressive stance.
Painted in the iconic Lemon Twist Yellow exterior paint, the car is fitted with a Black vinyl top, factory-looking Rally wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich radial tires. The car has been featured in a five-page spread in the Mopar Collector’s Guide.
Inside, there is a black vinyl split-bench seat, Hurst Pistol Grip shifter, radio-delete plate, Tic-Toc-Tach, 150 MPH speedometer, and three-spoke sport wheel with wood-grain trim.
Mecum expects the car to achieve somewhere between $275,000 to $300,000, once it crosses the auction block. The car is scheduled for a Friday, March 18th appearance. It has been issued lot number F136. For those interested in seeing more pictures or even a chance on bidding on it, you can visit the Mecum website for those details.