Back when Chrysler was planning to compete in the NASCAR racing, their designers were given the chance to design the ultimate car that would dominate all of the competitors. With raw power and innovative aerodynamics, the designed car helped Chrysler rise in to the top and also helped Richard “The King” Petty bring back his racing career on track and to the Chrysler team. NASCAR veterans were not ready for the brand new Plymouth which dominated the racetrack.
During 1969 and 1970, NASCAR revised the minimum requirements for the number of cars needed, from the fixed 500 cars to one car per every dealership in the U.S. This means that Plymouth needed to have at least 1,920 Superbird to them to be qualified to join the NASCAR.
The standard Superbird came with the 440 cid Super Commando V8 engine topped with a single 4-barrel Carter carburetor that is capable of producing 375 horsepower. Optional upgrades were available that includes the 440 cid Plus-Six Super Commando Six pack V8 with three 2-barrel Holley carburetors that is can produce up to 390 horsepower or the 426 cid “Hemi” V8 with dual-dual-quads that can produce up to 425 horsepower. Only 135 Superbirds went out of the factory with the 426 cid “Hemi” V8 engine.
The Superbird dominance was unquestionable, it won or placed in the podium in 38 out of 48 major races in the 1970 NASCAR season. To make the competition “fair”, the Superbird was no longer allowed to join the competition by adjusting the qualifications. Its legendary status makes it one of the most desirable collector car.
This 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird with a lot # 676 will be auction at the first ever auction in the Northeast which will be hosted by Barrett-Jackson. This Superbird win into a rotisserie restoration that really made the original beauty of the Superbird stand out, a living legend that both the young and old will surely love.
It come in a beautiful Alpine White finish and still has the original Street Hemi engine with a era correct 3-speed automatic transmission and other driveline parts.
Gakeb Givier, an expert on Mopars, made a 20-page document about the visual inspection of this Superbird and confirming its authenticity and is in fact one of the rare 77 Hemi Superbirds that came out with the TorqueFlite automatic transmission.
This classy Superbird comes with added features such as power steering and power brakes with air cooled brake discs in the front. It also has 8-3/4 rear end that has 3.55 gears which give the Hemi significant control and at the same time making it street legal. Misc. features include Rally dash, 3-speed windshield wipers and AM radio set.
Watch out for this 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird in the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction this coming June 23-25.
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