On the open market for the first time since it was brand new, this 1970 Plymouth Superbird, #RM23UOA158605, is one of the most documented examples of Plymouth’s world famous “aerocar” available today. According to the Nascar Plymouth Superbird Race Program Serial Number List, this original vehicle was the 29th produced out of 1,920, and with just over 54,000 original miles, it has been exceptionally cared for its entire life. In the possession of its original owner until 2005, this Superbird has been in a private collection since that time. Fully documented Superbirds of this quality are extremely rare.
On September 8, 1970, a resident of Indiana—determined to purchase his perfect car—found this Superbird at the Clift Chrysler-Plymouth dealership in Knoxville, Tenn. The 440 6-Pack options were installed new at the dealership at the request of the buyer before the vehicle left the lot, and the original air cleaner, carburetor and intake manifold, all included in the sale, show absolutely no wear on any of their surfaces. With only one high quality exterior repaint in 1996, this original car has never been restored and has always been maintained in exceptional condition.
As a reflection of its overall care, the documentation on this vehicle has been meticulously maintained and includes the original build sheet, dealership bill of sale and the cashed cashier’s check from its purchase, as well as the returned personal check (used to reserve the car) with the letter from the dealer informing the buyer of the bank check’s arrival. Also included are warranty cards, owner’s manuals, the original loan paperwork, a dealership documents folder, the original insurance paperwork, keys, registrations from 1970 through 1996, State of Indiana safety inspections, and a title with the original owner’s name. All documents are available for inspection.
According to the consignor, the condition of this vehicle is excellent throughout. The original running gear including the engine, heavy-duty 727 Torque Flight Transmission and 8-3/4” Sure-Grip rear end all operate and function as they should. Unique options included on the car and documented on the build sheet include white interior with bucket seats, special ordered vinyl roof, stripe delete, power steering, power brakes, front disc brakes, tachometer and clock. The original spare tire and both jacks are still in the trunk.
This origin story of this Superbird began in 1969 when world-famous driver Richard Petty left Plymouth for Ford, feeling that the heavy, boxy design of Plymouth’s racecar for that year had become outmatched by the competition. Executives at Plymouth soon realized the error of their ways and immediately launched a development program to create a new automobile with a specific focus in mind: to win Richard Petty back to the Plymouth family and win races. The quest not only lured Petty back to the fold but also turned out one of the most stylish race cars with one of the most legendary spoilers in history: the Plymouth Superbird.