For those who care about the histories of Mopar and NASCAR, there are few classic cars more iconic and desirable than the Plymouth Superbird – Chrysler’s 1970 Plymouth Road Runner-based follow-up to the original Dodge Charger Daytona, which was developed specially to go racing in NASCAR. Like the Charger Daytona, the Plymouth Superbird featured a sleek, prominent nose cone, an absurdly tall rear wing, and under the hood, a mammoth, performance-tuned V8.
There’s actually a pervasive rumor that the Plymouth Superbird was designed specifically to entice NASCAR great Richard Petty into getting behind the wheel of another Mopar, after “The King” left for the Ford brand for the 1969 season. It might just have served its purpose; Petty returned to racing a Plymouth the following year.
The 1970 Plymouth Superbird going up for auction at Mecum’s Houston, Texas auction event this week is one of just 308 produced. It has its original A833 four-speed trans, original 3.54 Dana rear end, and a period-correct 440-cubic-inch “Super Commando” Six Barrel V8, which was rated at 390 horsepower when new. It’s also got a fetching coat of B5 Blue paint over a white interior, and the odometer – believed to be accurate – says the car has done just 66k miles in its nearly-five decades of service.
Mecum Auctions hasn’t posted an auction estimate for this very fine bit of Mopar/NASCAR history, but according to Hagerty, “Excellent” examples are worth around $180k on average, while “Concours” specimens can get near the quarter-million-dollar mark. Based on its looks, description, and mileage, we’d say this particular Plymouth Superbird is likely somewhere nearer the latter mark, meaning we can probably expect it to pass the $200k threshold.
For more photos and info, check out the Mecum listing here.