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1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 440

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 440

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 440

Dubbed the ‘Aero Warrior’, the Plymouth Superbird was a sister car to the Dodge Charger Daytona. Both cars were sold with huge nose cones and rear spoilers that made them legendary among the competition. These were the first stock cars to be modified aerodynamically.

The Superbird was made to dominate stock car racing and elevate Plymouth’s race credentials at the same time. These modifications helped the car beat the Ford Torino Talladega at NASCAR.

Due to homologation requirements, both Dodge any Plymouth had to produce the Areo Warriors in substantial numbers. In Plymouth’s case, 1,920 Superbirds had to be made and they were all built in 1970. It was based off the standard Road Runner which featured cartoon character stickers and a ‘beep-beep’ horn.

While the race versions got full blown Hemi engines, most of the Superbirds got 440 Super Commandos or 440 six-packs rated at 385hp. Of the 1920 cars made, only 93 got the Hemi 426. These were conservatively rated at 425 bhp at 4500 rpm, but actually peaked at 5800 rpm producing 550 bhp.

Our feature Superbird is all original. It features the very rare and original numbers matching 440 Six Pack engine. This car is NOT a re-creation, but a real “V” Code Superbird. One of very few built. It still has all of its original body panels with VIN stamps on them. It has only 65,000 miles on it.

In Detail

type Series Production Car
price $ $ 4,298
engine V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Holley Four-Barrel Carburetor
displacement 7210 cc / 440 in³
bore 109.73 mm / 4.32 in
stroke 95.25 mm / 3.75 in
compression 9.7:1
power 279.6 kw / 375 bhp @ 4600 rpm
specific output 52.01 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 214.29 bhp per tonne
torque 650.8 nm / 480 ft lbs @ 3200 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front tires F60x15
rear tires F60x15
front brakes Kesley-Hayes Vented Discs
rear brakes Drums
front wheels F 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14.0 x 6.0 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
steering Recirculating Ball w/Power Assist
f suspension Wishbones w/Torsion Bars, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
r suspension Live Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Lead Springs, Shock Absorbers
curb weight 1750 kg / 3858 lbs
wheelbase 2941 mm / 115.8 in
front track 1516 mm / 59.7 in
rear track 1491 mm / 58.7 in
length 5588 mm / 220.0 in
width 1941 mm / 76.4 in
height 1560 mm / 61.4 in
transmission A833 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.65:1, 1.93:1, 1.39:1, 1.00:1
final drive 3.54:1
top speed ~230 kph / 142.9 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.5 seconds

Auction Sales History

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 440

1970 Plymouth Superbird RM23V0A117604 – did not sell for $105,000. Raced in NASCAR by Roger McCluskey. Includes 1970 NASCAR race program listing car’s VIN. In Superbird Registry for NASCAR race program #1242. Pictures available showing car being raced by McCluskey. Complete restored to street configuration for driveability and enjoyment. 63,370 original miles. Genuine V-code 440 Six Pack 4-speed car. Rare Alpine White with White interior, 1 of only 2. Body side graphics as they appeared when car was raced. A833 4-speed manual transmission with Hurst Pistol Grip shifter. Chromed Magnum 500 wheels with Goodyear Blue Streak tires. High back bucket seats, Dana rear end. Fuel, alternator, temperature and oil pressure gauges, Tic-Toc-Tach. Solid State push-button radio. Power steering and brakes. New engine and drivetrain circa 2003. Auction Source: Kissimmee 2014, #WhereTheCarsAre by Mecum

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 440

1970 Plymouth Superbird 2-Door Hardtop 440/390 HP – sold for $160,000. The low-mileage subject of a masterful rotisserie restoration, this Tor Red-on-White 1970 Plymouth Superbird boasts multiple awards including the 2007 Grand National Best Restored of Show and First Place at Mopars on the Strip and the West Coast Spring Fling, also in 2007. Also featured on the cover of Hemmings Muscle Madness, this superb ‘Bird features the vaunted 440/390 HP Six Pack engine and 4-speed manual transmission and retains all its original sheet metal. It is documented with two factory build sheets and a complete photographic record of the restoration. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 440
1970 Plymouth Superbird 440 – sold for $125,000 Correct in every way, this gorgeous car is historically accurate and perfect in appearance and drives just like it looks. This is surely one of the best Superbirds in existence. Rebuilt 440/375 HP engine. Matching numbers. Frame-off restoration in 2009 no expense spared. Had 69,000 miles before restoration. Auction Source: 2010 Mecum Kissimmee, FL Auction
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 440

1970 Plymouth Superbird 440 – sold for $110,000. This Superbird benefits from single ownership over the past 24 years, and only three owners from new. The car wears a quality repaint in its factory-correct livery of Lemon Twist, and is equipped with a black vinyl roof, correct decals, locking hood pins, rally wheels with trim rings, and chrome-plated exhaust trumpets. The interior remains in excellent, original condition, featuring black vinyl upholstery with silver accents and a rare front bench seat. All Road Runner adornments, including the three-spoke steering wheel with “beep-beep” horn, remain with the car, and this example is one of only a handful fitted with dealer-installed air conditioning. The car also features a tachometer, full instrumentation, power steering, power brakes, and a 150-mile-per-hour speedometer. Auction Source: 2008 Meadow Brook Concours