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 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 with his Plymouth.
In order to compete in NASCAR, Plymouth had to build 1,935 examples to meet their updated homologation rules for the 1970 season. The reason for the rules adjustment was due to NASCAR wanting the automakers to keep their vehicles for the track, based on the vehicles sold throughout their dealers’ showrooms. For 1969, Dodge only had to manufacturer 500 units to make its Charger Daytona legal for competition. The 1970 rule adjustment said that a manufacturer must sell one vehicle for every two of the manufacturer’s dealers in the United States.
Today, it is pretty rare to see one of the Superbirds on the street. Many of the “winged warriors” have come to their demise over the years. But for those who have survived, good examples have turned out big numbers at numerous automotive auctions over the past decade and have easily reached six figures.
This particular Superbird, which was formerly owned by famed NASCAR Crew Chief, former Cup team owner, and stock car restorer Ray Evernham, has gone three whole years without a cleaning. Larry Kosilla, who is known for his AMMO car care products and his extensive detailings of exotic, supercars, and barn find cars, recently detailed the car back to perfection on his AmmoNYC.
Over the years, the Superbird has accumulated just over 34,000 miles on its odometer. The car did have one repaint in its 51 years of life but still looks absolutely stunning.
Under the hood is a 7.2-liter (440 cubic-inch) Super Commando with a four-barrel carburetor, producing 375 horsepower and 480 ft.-lb. of torque. While this motor was the base engine option for the Superbird, there was a six-barrel and 7.0-liter (426 cubic-inch) HEMI V8 options as well. This car features a 3-speed TorqueFlite 727 automatic transmission and is painted in the beautiful TorRed (EV2) exterior paint.
Nevertheless, there is something satisfying about watching such a beautiful Mopar undergoing some TLC.
If you are curious to see more of Larry’s detailing project, you can visit the AmmoNYC YouTube channel. For those who are interesting in the car, it is listed on the North American Motor Car website for $199,999.