For those of you who need to make a statement and express themselves with their car, literally, nothing can surpass a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird ‘426 Hemi’.
The eclectic, winged and brilliant car constructed particularly for NASCAR stock car racing in 1970, was Plymouth’s reaction to the Charger Daytona handled by sister organization Dodge in the past season.
With its broadened and streamlined nose and extravagant rear tail fins, ‘Superbird’ decals and coordinating ‘Beep-Beep’ horn, it was excessively outrageous for many American buyers of the day and made its Australian ‘Bathurst Supercar’ partners from Ford, Holden and Chrysler ‘Bathurst Supercars’ look emphatically plain by correlation.
Additionally to its unbelievable status, Richard Petty’s Superbird showed up as a main character in the Pixar movie ‘Cars’, with Petty as the acting voice of 7-time champion Strip “The King” Weathers.
An incredibly rare, completely-restored Superbird will be appearing and offered in all its NASCAR fame at the Melbourne Autumn Auction on April 30
The short-historied car is one of only 135 authentic Superbirds made by Plymouth in the 70s with the pounding 426-cid Hemi V8 under the bonnet. It’s one of only a modest bunch in Australia.
NASCAR’s homologation prerequisite of the time requested that vehicles that were to be raced must be accessible to the public and sold through dealerships in particular numbers.
Be that as it may, the Superbird’s particular streamlined bodywork at first met a few sales bumps in the USA. A few clients favored the normal Road Runner and as an outcome, a significant number of the required 1,920 makes manufactured for racing homologation still remained unsold in dealerships as late as 1972.
Some were even changed over into more ordinary looking 1970 Road Runners to move them off the shelves.
While it had troubles in its early days, the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird packs a punch at the market today, going to show that good things come to those who wait.
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