Classic Cars

This Spectacular ’70 Plymouth Superbird Is Ready to Fly

This strange-looking racing masterpiece is one of the coolest cars ever.

There’s no air conditioning, the radio only receives AM programming, and it overheats because of the small air inlet in the front. But that’s okay. Because this car was designed almost solely to run from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds in a straight line and circle an oval as fast as possible. Built after the success of the similar Dodge Charger Daytona in 1969, Plymouth created the 1970 Roadrunner Superbird to lure race-car legend Richard Petty back to its team. It worked, and Petty went on to win eight NASCAR races competing against other aerodynamically enhanced models like the Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II.

This Superbird in particular is one of the few that Chrysler sold to the public, and it remains as odd-looking and awesome as the day it rolled off the assembly line. This car has been restored to its original glory with Torch Red paint applied to its laser-straight body. The interior has been redone in white with bucket seats, a center console, and floor shifter. Also included is the factory AM-only radio and Rallye gauges with the iconic Tic-Toc-Tach. Under the hood it has a date-code-correct 440-cubic-inch V-code six-barrel engine backed by its original, numbers-matching automatic transmission and rear end. Also included are power steering and brakes. Also who could forget the classic decal of the Roadrunner from Looney Tunes on the massive rear spoiler?

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Not many of these insanely cool cars are left in the wild, and they continue to command good money when offered for sale. Speaking of which, this particular beautiful and rare birdwill take flight to a new owner at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction. “Meep meep!”

Barrett-Jackson’s 4th Annual Northeast Auction is being held June 26-29, 2019, at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut. The collector-car sale will showcase hundreds of coveted vehicles, and the experts from MotorTrend will be there to bring you all the action LIVE from the auction block. You can catch Barrett-Jackson Northeast on MotorTrend Network every day of the auction and download the app for exclusive, live coverage. Need more viewing options? You can also tune in to our live stream from your web browser on June 27June 28, and June 29.