Current Builds » Craig's 1970 Superbird
The History of the Superbird
Designed specifically for NASCAR, the Superbird was a modified version of the Road Runner. Using a wind tunnel and computer analysis, a nose and a tail were added to the smoothed out body. The new metal nose added 19" to the front end of the car. The rear wing, mounted on tall vertical struts, increased efficiency on the downdraft that was put on the car's rear axle.
Another motivation for building the Superbird was to lure Richard Petty, The King of NASCAR, who had left Plymouth's team in the Fall of '68 for Ford. Successfully, The King came back in the 1970 season to win 8 races that year against the opposition, Ford.
Sales for the Superbird during that time and era were so poor that there were as many as 2000 unsold cars that sat in the back lots of dealerships. Many customers preferred the standard Road Runners over the sleek Superbirds; some were even converted back to Road Runners after not selling.
They are now the most valuable and sought after car in today's antique market. Some going for as low as $100K to as much as $300K or even more!
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