With the price of Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Road Runner Superbird models easily reaching six figures, there has been a tremendous amount of “aero warrior” clones produced in the last two decades. That’s right, a lot of vehicles that are out there are clones of the original models.
Some are really good copies that you would be hard-pressed to tell from the originals, without seeing the fender tags. On the other hand, have been made into resto-mods with modern powertrains and upgraded suspension giving the clones far better performance and handling characteristics of the 1969 and 1970 winged cars.
One such example of a resto-mod clone is this beautiful Lime Light (Sublime in Dodge speak) colored 1970 Plymouth Superbird clone. The car started life as an entry-level 1970 Plymouth Satellite, before having a complete rotisseries restoration done to it and upgraded with the iconic Superbird nose cone, hood extractors, and rear wing.
Looking better than a Superbird that rolled off the Lynch Road Assembly Plant in Detroit, this particular has been updated with a modern powertrain to help offset its NASCAR-inspired looks.
Instead of putting big-block V8 power under the hood, the owner installed a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI HELLCAT V8 from a 2016 donor car. Yes, this car is Hellcat-powered! That means that the HELLCAT delivers 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque to the iconic B-bodied muscle car. The HELLCAT sends its power through a proper transmission, a 6-speed Tremec manual transmission.
To help stop all of that power, the Superbird clone has been fitted with Wilwood disc brakes all-around with 6-piston units up front and 4-piston units in the rear. An RMS 4-link suspension kit and RMS front F-frame with rack and pinion steering, help the big B-Body handle on those weekend trips down curvy backroads. To help during the weekends on hot days, the car has been equipped with Vintage Air.
This particular clone will be crossing the auction block at Mecum in Kissimmee, Florida in January. There is no doubt that this clone won’t get nearly as much money as an original winged car. Mecum says it will go for an estimated $250,000 to $300,000, which is around the same amounts we see some of the original cars will go for. We think its a bit of a stretch being a clone and not having the pedigree as the real deal.
While the original might be what a collector would dream about having in their garage, we would love to own something like this Hellcat-powered clone. Lots more power and a lot more reliable.
To check out more pictures of this car or to make a bid, be sure to check out the Mecum website. The car is featured as Lot# F275 and will go across the auction block on Friday, January 14th, 2022.
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