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Notable Hemi Vehicles

1970 Plymouth Superbird

1970 Plymouth Superbird

For the 1969 season, with Ford and Mercury becoming much larger contenders, Richard Petty left Plymouth's program to race for Ford on a single year contract. Plymouth, seeing the success of the Dodge Charger Daytona, decided to create a much simlar aerodynamic model. Thus came the Plymouth Road Runner Superbird for the 1970 season.

The Superbird was basically the Road Runner with:
  • 19-in steel nose with fiberglass popup lights
  • Fender-top scoops (for tire clearance)
  • Higher, more slanted rear trunk spoiler
While looking similar, the Superbird and the Daytona did not use the same added sheetmetal. The Superbird had a longer nose extension and a more slanted trunk spoiler. The Superbird won more races than the Daytona, even with less race entries under its belt. Like the Daytona, the Superbird would be a one season show, as NASCAR made the winged cars tune down to a 305-ci max engine in 1971.

Production figures (1920 total):
  • 1162 with the 440-4
  • 665 with the 440 6-pack
  • 93 with the 426 Hemi
NASCAR had a rule change from a 1969 to 1970, instead of a 500 car production requirement they had to produce one car per dealer (thus the 1920 number).

Last Updated: 2001-10-08

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