Current Builds » Terry's 1970 Plymouth 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!
PETTY’S GARAGE BUILD PLANS:
Here at Petty's Garage we're bringing this Superbird back to life.
We started off with a true orange Superbird. We disassembled and sandblasted it and are now in the process of finishing all of the metal work. It has received a brand new trunk pan, new floor pan patches, inner fender panel, driver's side door skin, new quarter panels, a new hood and a new trunk lid.
We've finished the metal work and before you could blink the body work was done too! A few fresh coats of Petty Blue paint and clear were laid down and now we're revving up to start the reassembly process. Stay tuned!
Fender Tag Decoded
First 5 digit number on this row is unique to each car and is known as the "Gate Number"
Second following is a 6 digit number which is close to the Assembly Plant Sequential Number
114 (Engine/Transmission Combo.) 440 4 bbl, Four Speed
083 (Rear Axle) Dana 9 3/4", 3.54:1 Ratio
676 (Transmission) 426 8bbl, Four Speed
26 (Always shown here on Superbirds) 26" Radiator
C16 (Cars with a console)
V19 (Indicates Car had special order black vinyl roof)
V88 (Deletes the Transverse Sport Stripe that would normally run above the taillight panel of a Road Runner)
EV2 (Exterior Color) Tor Red P6XA (Type and Color of the Interior) Black Interior, bucket seats TX9 (Upper door frame paint color) Black Interior B30 (B-Month, 30-Day) November 30th (Order Number)
E86 (Engine Code) 440 4bbl D21 (Transmission) Four Speed (VIN Number Match)
Interested in having your vehicle restored at Petty's Garage? Give us a call!