Mark Worman is a well-known figure in the world of Mopar. He is the founder of Graveyard Carz, a renowned vehicle restoration company, and is also a top Mopar enthusiast and brand ambassador. With his team of skilled professionals, also known as “ghoulz“, Worman has restored some of the best examples of Mopar muscle cars that were popular in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
Despite his passion for restoring cars to their original condition, Worman occasionally lets his team come up with unique creations. One such vehicle is the “Hellbird,” a 1970 Plymouth Superbird Tribute, created in 2017. This special vehicle was powered by the new Mopar “Hellcrate” 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine Kit, making it a true powerhouse on the streets.
Originally a Road Runner, the Hellbird was transformed into a rotisserie-restored Superbird re-creation, thanks to a partnership between Mopar and Graveyard Carz. The Hellbird was featured on their television show and has since gained a large following through various videos, literature, and magazine articles.
The Hellbird was powered by Mopar’s first-ever 707 horsepower Hellcrate engine, which is paired with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission and a Dana 60 rear end with 3:54 gears. To handle the extra power, a Magnum Force K-frame with coilovers was used to upgrade the handling and stability of the vehicle.
To ensure authenticity, Worman sourced installation and restoration parts, such as the complete interior, dash assembly, exterior trim, wheels, and wiring harnesses for the Superbird through Classic Industries, one of the largest and most trusted licensees of restoration and performance parts in the country.
The faithful clone restoration of the Limelight Green Superbird received no less attention than any other build to come out of the Graveyard Carz Springfield, Oregon shop. In 2019, the Hellbird went to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, where it fetched $145,000 ($159,000 after fees) when it crossed the auction block. This showed that clone cars can receive big payouts if done correctly.
As the modern-day HELLCAT HEMI® era comes to an end, it is important to remember that the new Charger and Challenger muscle cars weren’t the only ones that the HELLCAT engine brought out the best in. It also helped fuel a new passion for old muscle with its Crate Engine program. Watch the Hellbird’s build in the video at the top of the page to see the passion and skill that went into this one-of-a-kind vehicle.