Name: 1970 Plymouth Superbird
Year(s) Produced: 1970
Number Built: 1,920
Class: Muscle car
Body Type: 2-door sports coupe
Engine: 426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi V8
Power: 425hp @ 5000 RPM
0-60mph: 4.8 seconds
Top Speed: 200mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 221 in./ 76.4 in./ 61.4 in.
Wheelbase: 115.8 in.
Base Price: US$4,298
Highest Price: US$371,000
The best thing about barn finds, garage finds and warehouse finds are the hidden gems that are sometimes tucked away in them. In this 4-part video, author Ryan Brutt (Amazing Barn Finds and Roadside Relics) explored a treasure trove of a warehouse that belonged to someone named ‘Mike’. The writer-columnist did not reveal much in his YouTube channel, Auto Archaeology, about Mr. Mike’s identity, much more on the location of his warehouse. We can only hint that it is somewhere that frequently rains since the classic car safe house is properly cemented and completely dry. The video itself was shot during a heavy downpour.
Ryan was also elusive when asked if the cars were for sale. He simply answered no, and that Mike is in the process of restoring all of them. He’s next project is restoring the Superbirds after finishing with the Daytonas.
Through the 4-part video, Ryan had a tour inside Mike’s warehouse where he found a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, a handful of 1969 Ford Talladegas, six 1970 Plymouth Superbirds and some Mercury Cyclones were found in reasonably good condition, some of them eventually restored. Collectively called as the ‘Aero Warriors’ in the NASCAR circuit, these muscle cars (sometimes referred to as Aero Cars) were developed by the big four car manufacturers of the late 1960s: Dodge, Plymouth, Ford and Mercury.
Although we do not get to see the full, restored outcomes of these classic muscle cars, it is incredible seeing all of these classics under one roof. Ryan Brutt capped part 4 of his video series with a promise of more video features later in 2016, including a 1962 Oldsmobile Jetfire and some other Daytonas as well. Seeing how he much he kept the location of his barn finds and the identity of their owners secret, we surmise that this is Ryan’s way of “inspiring people to go out and see the world around them, to go through that junkyard or dig through a barn” and discover the joy of a great find.
Ryan Brutt is also a writer for Hot Rod Magazine, and a regular contributor in Muscle Car Review and Mopar Collectors Guide Magazine. He runs a blog called ‘The Automotive Archaeologist’ and a YouTube channel, ‘Auto Archaeology’. Watch his first salvo of YouTube videos below.