Plymouth Superbird

The Plymouth Superbird was produced only during the model year 1970. Dodge has also produced a very similar car called the Dodge Daytona the year earlier. Both of these winged cars were produced for one reason, Nascar.

It all started back when the Dodge Daytona was released. Richard Petty was a Nascar driver for Plymouth and was considered one of the best at the time. When the Dodge Daytona came out Richard Petty wanted a similar car made by Plymouth. At the time Dodge and Plymouth weren’t united in there racing divisions, so Plymouth couldn’t meet his request. He became angry with them, quit driving for Plymouth, and drove for Ford that year.

At that point in time, Chrysler engineers went to work designing the Plymouth Superbird. They tried to have Creative Industries hang a nose cone on the front and a wing on the back, but the result was awful. Since Nascar had upped there standards again, Plymouth would have to build 2,000 Superbirds that would be sold to the public.

What would Chrysler do? Some suggested they put a Charger front end on the Superbird, however that suggestion was quickly rejected. They also tried changing the front fenders to improve aerodynamics, but that actually made it worse! Another problem was the problem of the rear window which if it was to be fixed it would just about take as much as designing a whole new car. Instead they focused on the rear wing. The side stabilizer part of the wing had to become 40% larger than what the Daytona had. This stabilized the car (99.5%) and only added a little bit of drag. For the front of the car they had to use Coronet front fenders and the hood and fuse it onto the Belvedere body. This helped aerodynamics, but not extent to what the Daytona had. Before they started production however, they switched the base platform from the Belvedere to the Road Runner.

The Plymouth Superbird performed well on the NASCAR tracks. It placed high in many races, winning eight of them. Part of its success is due to its driver, Richard Petty, who drove the Plymouth Supebird. Nascar banned the Superbird, Daytona, and all the other aerodynamic cars for the 1971 season. NASCAR officials were concerned with the dangerously high speeds as well the huge wing and nose cone as the cars didn’t look much like a stock car. The ban brought an end to the production of the Plymouth Superbird.

Pictures of 1970 Plymouth Superbirds

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13 Responses to Plymouth Superbird

  1. DWIGHT JOHNSON says:

    I’m pretty sure this was my car. If it’s the same one I sold it to Dave Mikelson, It was restored at Nostalgia Lane. If so please e-mail me- thanks

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  3. DON HEMI says:

    I VISIT THIS BEAUTIFUL RARE BIRD ON THE HEELS OF NEWS THAT MOPAR WILL NO LONGER BE USED IN NASCAR IN THE YEAR 2013 IT IS VERY SAD VERY SAD INDEED

  4. Plymouth Superbird was a highly modified version of the Plymouth Road Runner with well known graphics and horn. It was the factory’s follow up stock car racing design with incorporated many engineering changes and modifications approval from the Daytona’s season in competition on the track.

  5. BRAD says:

    WHAT IS THE SIZE DIMENSIONS ON THE 1970 SUPERBIRD REAR WING & AT WHAT ANGLE IS IT AT ? DOES ANYONE MAKE A AFTERMARKET REAR SUPERBIRD WING ?

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  7. Roger says:

    Hi, I’m looking for the same info. Did you have any luck with the superbird rearwing?

  8. Yup, those are two Superbirds I sold a few years back. The Orange Sixpack Bird I got from Dwight “Stetch” Johnson. Man, that was one nice car and he did a great job on it. Lost track of it as the guy I sold it to in Minnesota 5 years back more sold it again.

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  11. Thanks for the nice comments. I have no subscription to the site. Just save it as a favorite and check it now and then. Many cas have come and gone over the years and it was a dream come true for me to have owned them. Slowed way down on new purchases as life and work got in the way but hope to get back at it some day again. Enjoy what you own guys. Life is too short not too.

  12. Steve Hemi says:

    It was a powerful mopar plymouth and like the 426 big block Hemi that nascar outlawed in 1968 after king richard won 27 nascar races with it n 1967 it won 8 races in 1970 before chevy and ford cried again foul not fair. And nascar outlawed it. After being pushed to victory circle by a wrecker in 2011 the cherios chevy was disqualafied by nascar for being 64,000 of an inch to high half the thickness of a penny which was caused by the wrecker. I will never watch or go to another nascar race.

  13. Brad says:

    CAN SOME PEOPLE TELL ME WHAT THE REAR WING DIMENSIONS ARE ON THE 1970 SUPERBIRD & 1970 DAYTON ARE ?

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