THE 440 SUPERBIRD: This Coveted Matching-Numbers Example Is Selling With No Reserve In Houston

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THE 440 SUPERBIRD: This Coveted Matching-Numbers Example Is Selling With No Reserve In Houston

Created by independent automotive journalist David Neyens

Lot #730 &#8211 1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD – NO RESERVE

Wildly preferred from its inception in 1948, the NASCAR inventory-car or truck racing circuit is residence to some of the fiercest racing any place in the world. It pits vehicle companies and their racing teams in opposition to just one an additional in likely the best application of the “Win on Sunday, offer on Monday” spirit. By the mid-1960s, Chrysler and Ford Motor Company had been the only true major-stage NASCAR adversaries, and their shared determination to dominance on the observe resulted in some of the fastest and most outrageous racing and street automobiles at any time created.

Engine advancement attained a zenith by 1966, with NASCAR imposing a displacement limit on Chrysler’s 426 HEMI engine and a weight element on Ford’s SOHC 427 cars. Racers and engineers in both of those camps recognized that raw horsepower was no longer enough to acquire, dictating a new emphasis on significant-velocity aerodynamics. Plymouth stalwart Richard Petty could have won 27 of 49 races for the duration of the 1968 NASCAR marketing campaign in his HEMI-run Plymouth Satellite, but the manufacturer’s archrival Ford enticed him to change camps to a sleeker, reason-created Torino Talladega for 1969.

Although the a lot more specialised Dodge Charger 500 from 1969 was a definite advancement for Chrysler teams, far more drastic actions were being needed to prevail above Ford. Working with the newest wind-tunnel test information attained at Lockheed Martin’s Ga wind tunnel and model tests at Wichita State College, Chrysler engineers devised a more radical remedy: the Dodge Charger Daytona. That includes a bullet-type extended steel nose cone, chin spoiler, pop-up headlamp and an outrageous but successful rear wing atop tall aircraft-design and style stabilizers, the Daytona sliced by way of the air and, in racing trim, rewrote history as the to start with NASCAR competitor to break the 200-mph barrier. Just adequate of these automobiles, 503 in all, ended up produced in time to qualify the wild Mopar to race and, when it debuted late in ’69 at the formidable new Talladega Superspeedway, the Daytona scored its to start with NASCAR acquire with driver Richard Brickhouse.

Improvement of a Plymouth counterpart to the Daytona kicked off in June 1969, but briefly halted that August ahead of NASCAR introduced a new 1,000-auto output requirement or a range equivalent to 50 % a company’s sellers, whichever was highest, in purchase to race — giving the Superbird a new lease on lifestyle. Unfamiliar to several enthusiasts, the Road Runner-based Superbird was pretty unique from the Charger-centered Daytona, with no interchangeable body elements other than the hood and front fenders from the B-body Coronet. A textured vinyl roof masking hid the revised rear-window seams and the Superbird’s rear wing was even taller than the Daytona’s, with the stabilizers/supports raked further back again than those of Chrysler’s motor vehicle. Encouraged by the Superbird’s likely for velocity, Petty returned to the Plymouth fold for 1970. While he did not gain the 1970 NASCAR Grand National championship, he did rating eight of Plymouth’s 21 victories in 1970.

Almost 4 instances much more Superbirds ended up developed than the Daytona, with Superbird output reaching 1,935 vehicles — all made concerning October 23 and December 15, 1969. Presented its significant pricing, specialized nature and wild seems to be, the Superbird was a gradual vendor, with quite a few of the outlandish, incredibly specialised autos often taking several a long time to finally depart supplier tons. These days, these incredibly properties make the exceptional Superbird a person of the most collectible and unforgettable American significant-general performance cars at any time developed.

As with the Charger Daytona right before it, the Superbird was readily available with a preference of the formidable 375-horsepower 440ci V8 engine, the 390-horsepower Six-Barrel 440ci V8 motor or the 425-horsepower 426 Avenue HEMI motor with a dual 4-barrel carburetor. Only 716 Superbirds remaining the manufacturing unit with the wicked nonetheless easily managed V-Code 440ci 6-Barrel V8 motor, including this new, 2-calendar year rotisserie-restored example done in 2021. A coveted matching-numbers car or truck, this immensely collectible specimen is rarer still as just one of just 408 equipped with Chrysler’s renowned TorqueFlite computerized transmission. This exceptional Superbird is finished in B5 Blue paint with black accents and retains all its primary overall body panels with the sole exception of the rear quarter panels. The new, interval-right white inside features a no-nonsense front bench seat and column-mounted change lever. An AM radio, energy-assisted brakes and electrical power steering supply cruising with simplicity.

Typical Mopar specialist Dave Smart has inspected this unusual, matching-figures Superbird, and it comes to the October 20-22 Houston Auction with a Smart Motor vehicle Validation Report, restoration receipts and a listing in the MMC Detroit Global Registry.

Be part of us in Texas to see this pristine Superbird, and quite a few other breathtaking Chrysler and Ford cars, cross the auction block with No Reserve. Sign up to bid right now to be aspect of the action.

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