Auburn Fall | Lot 6042
1970 Plymouth Superbird
The North American Motor Car Collection
$220,000 USD | Sold
| Auburn, Indiana
4 September 2021
- Offered from The North American Motor Car Collection
- The 637th of 1,920 examples produced
- Previously owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham
- Original, numbers-matching 440 cubic-inch “Super Commando” V-8 engine
- Just under 33,150 original miles indicated at time of cataloguing
- Accompanied by its factory broadcast sheet
To enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike, the 1970 Plymouth Superbird, with its extended, wedge-shaped nose and outrageously tall rear wing, is one of the wildest, most daring car designs of all time. Built when “King” Richard Petty ruled the “anything goes” world of NASCAR racing, the Superbird combined solid Mopar engineering and horsepower with wind tunnel-tested aerodynamics to create a racing powerhouse that dominated the superspeedways in the 1970 racing season. Due to NASCAR homologation rules, approximately 1,920 Superbirds also made their way to the public streets.
This TorRed over white vinyl Superbird is the number 637 of less than 2,000 examples produced—an impressive and remarkably well-preserved offering. Although it wears a single refinishing in its factory-correct color, this Superbird is still powered by its original and numbers-matching 440 cubic-inch “Super Commando” V-8 engine fueled by a four-barrel carburetor. It features the uncommon and highly desirable console shifted automatic transmission. The car was acquired by the consignor in 2018 from the personal collection of NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham.
This documented Superbird is a true time capsule of this era of American racing. It serves as a reminder of a time when innovation and horsepower ruled and is a statement of pure speed from a bygone era that can never be repeated. This desirable example is presently accompanied by its factory broadcast sheet and historic imagery. Now showing fewer than 33,150 miles at time of cataloguing, the most discerning muscle car collector would be wise to not let this Superbird fly away.