There are a lot of interesting Mopars going across the auction block at the beginning of 2022. So we have seen quite a few that have caught our eyes over the past few weeks. This one maybe one the best examples of unrestored 1970 Plymouth Superbirds, we have seen.
The 1970 Plymouth Superbird along with the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, dominated the top-tier series of National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) during the 1970 season. The modified version of the popular Plymouth Road Runner was designed to be a follow-up to its corporate sibling the Charger Daytona to take on the aerodynamic entries from the Ford Motor Company (Ford Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone) creating the “aero war” era of stock car racing.
Many say, that Plymouth specifically built the Superbird to win back NASCAR legend Richard Petty back to the brand after he jumped to Ford mid-season due to poor performance against the competition at Ford.
This rare unrestored, highly-original condition 1970 Plymouth Superbird is one 1 of 56 painted in 999 Corporate Blue. So what is “999 Corporate Blue”? According to the Brennan R. Cook website, a website dedicated to breaking down and decoding the 1970 Plymouth Superbird, the last few cars built for the Superbird were painted blue to celebrate Petty returning to the Plymouth brand. The iconic Petty Blue race cars that the “King” drove, had a unique, flat, medium blue that had become synonymous with the Petty Enterprise teams.
According to Richard Petty, the iconic Petty Blue color was created when they did not have enough dark blue paint to paint an entire race car before a race. So the Petty Enterprises team found a can of Bright White paint on a shelf and mixed the two colors together. When combined, the color was quite unique and become a very popular and distinguishing feature of the team’s cars on the track.
The “999” number in the paint’s name represents the order code for fleet buyers to order a custom paint. Since the “Corporate Blue” was not your standard 1970 Plymouth color, all cars featured the “999” code instead of the standard three letter color code like “FJ5” (Sublime/Lime Light) would be on the fender tag and built sheet.
Equipped with a matching number V-code 7.2-liter (440 cubic-inch) 6-barrel V8 under the hood, this car has only 24,510 miles on the odometer. The has is equipped with the legendary 3-speed A727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission, making it 1 of 408 V-code automatic Superbirds produced. Other performance options include, Performance Axle Package, power steering, power brakes with front discs, and Goodyear F60-15 Ployglas GT tires. The car also has the rare factory (C16) center console.
The car was part of the Wellborn Musclecar Museum collection and includes all the original documentation including three broadcast sheets, Chrysler Manufacturer Statement of Origin (MSO), dealership transfer tags, original bill of sale from Rutherford Chrysler-Plymouth in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and window sticker. To make things even sweet, the “King” himself, Richard Petty signed the passenger sun visor.
The car will cross the Mecum Auction block in early January. The car is registered with Lot #R487. You can see more pictures, and even learn more on how to bid on the car on the Mecum Auction site.
1970 Plymouth Superbird in “Corporate Blue” Image Gallery: