Penned by unbiased automotive journalist David Neyens
Wildly well-known from its inception in 1948, the NASCAR stock-vehicle racing circuit is dwelling to some of the fiercest racing any place in the world. It pits vehicle suppliers and their racing groups from one particular a different in very likely the top software of the “Win on Sunday, provide on Monday” spirit. By the mid-1960s, Chrysler and Ford Motor Company have been the only authentic top rated-amount NASCAR adversaries, and their shared commitment to dominance on the track resulted in some of the swiftest and most outrageous racing and highway automobiles ever created.
Engine advancement arrived at a zenith by 1966, with NASCAR imposing a displacement restrict on Chrysler’s 426 HEMI motor and a fat component on Ford’s SOHC 427 automobiles. Racers and engineers in both equally camps realized that raw horsepower was no for a longer period ample to get, dictating a new emphasis on significant-pace aerodynamics. Plymouth stalwart Richard Petty may well have received 27 of 49 races throughout the 1968 NASCAR campaign in his HEMI-driven Plymouth Satellite, but the manufacturer’s archrival Ford enticed him to switch camps to a sleeker, goal-built Torino Talladega for 1969.
When the additional specialised Dodge Charger 500 from 1969 was a definite improvement for Chrysler teams, much more drastic steps were expected to prevail in excess of Ford. Applying the latest wind-tunnel check info gained at Lockheed Martin’s Ga wind tunnel and model testing at Wichita Point out University, Chrysler engineers devised a additional radical option: the Dodge Charger Daytona. Showcasing a bullet-style prolonged steel nose cone, chin spoiler, pop-up headlamp and an outrageous but efficient rear wing atop tall plane-type stabilizers, the Daytona sliced by means of the air and, in racing trim, rewrote historical past as the to start with NASCAR competitor to break the 200-mph barrier. Just more than enough of these cars, 503 in all, were being manufactured in time to qualify the wild Mopar to race and, when it debuted late in ’69 at the formidable new Talladega Superspeedway, the Daytona scored its very first NASCAR gain with driver Richard Brickhouse.
Advancement of a Plymouth counterpart to the Daytona kicked off in June 1969, but quickly halted that August prior to NASCAR introduced a new 1,000-car manufacturing necessity or a quantity equivalent to half a company’s dealers, whichever was maximum, in purchase to race — supplying the Superbird a new lease on lifetime. Unknown to lots of fans, the Street Runner-based Superbird was really different from the Charger-based Daytona, with no interchangeable entire body elements other than the hood and entrance fenders from the B-physique Coronet. A textured vinyl roof masking hid the revised rear-window seams and the Superbird’s rear wing was even taller than the Daytona’s, with the stabilizers/supports raked additional back than these of Chrysler’s vehicle. Encouraged by the Superbird’s probable for pace, Petty returned to the Plymouth fold for 1970. While he did not get the 1970 NASCAR Grand National championship, he did score 8 of Plymouth’s 21 victories in 1970.
Practically 4 times additional Superbirds have been constructed than the Daytona, with Superbird production achieving 1,935 cars — all created concerning October 23 and December 15, 1969. Specified its hefty pricing, specialized character and wild appears to be like, the Superbird was a sluggish seller, with many of the outlandish, incredibly specialised cars and trucks normally getting various many years to finally go away dealer heaps. Nowadays, individuals pretty characteristics make the unusual Superbird a single of the most collectible and unforgettable American high-general performance automobiles at any time crafted.
As with the Charger Daytona right before it, the Superbird was readily available with a decision of the formidable 375-horsepower 440ci V8 motor, the 390-horsepower 6-Barrel 440ci V8 engine or the 425-horsepower 426 Street HEMI motor with a dual 4-barrel carburetor. Only 716 Superbirds still left the factory with the wicked nonetheless easily maintained V-Code 440ci Six-Barrel V8 motor, like this fresh new, 2-year rotisserie-restored illustration accomplished in 2021. A coveted matching-figures vehicle, this immensely collectible specimen is rarer however as a single of just 408 outfitted with Chrysler’s renowned TorqueFlite automated transmission. This superb Superbird is completed in B5 Blue paint with black accents and retains all its original physique panels with the sole exception of the rear quarter panels. The new, period-suitable white interior features a no-nonsense entrance bench seat and column-mounted shift lever. An AM radio, electric power-assisted brakes and electric power steering provide cruising with simplicity.
Classic Mopar skilled Dave Clever has inspected this exceptional, matching-numbers Superbird, and it arrives to the Oct 20-22 Houston Auction with a Wise Vehicle Validation Report, restoration receipts and a listing in the MMC Detroit Global Registry.
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