American Classic Cars
2282 Arrow Hwy
La Verne, CA
La Verne, CA
In the scheme of Holy Grail muscle cars, this has to be one of them. Not only does it feature that awesome wedge and clothes-line rear deck spoiler, it has red hot Tor-Red paint and the most incredible powertrain ever: a 426ci Hemi engine backed with a Pistol-Grip-shifted four-speed and Dana 60 rear end. Yep, this one checks all the boxes. The restoration of this 1970 Plymouth Tribute Superbird began immediately after the previous owner/builder purchased the car. Included in the sale was a brand-new steel nose that came with the rough bird. The Road Runner would soon not only become a Superbird courtesy of that RARE steel nose, it would also be running Hemi power under the Tor-Red paint. It wasnt long before the Roadrunner was going under the knife, replacing worn body panels for OE components he had collected over the years. With the new body panels in place, Tribute Superbird began to take shape. While its common for Superbirds, both real and re-created, to have a fiberglass nose, the original factory cars wore the steel beak. Finding an original metal one isnt easy. Furthermore, the Superbird hood and fenders are also quite different from the factory Roadrunner parts. Paying close attention to every detail, the builder and his team blended and shaped all of these components to build out the proper Superbird shape. Featured in the January 2019 edition of Mopar Muscle magazine, the writer said this: This Tribute Superbird is as impressive in person as it is in print. With the baseplate covering the twin Holley 800-cfm carburetors, the engine compartment looks a lot more like the original. The unmistakable Superbird wing is adjustable, allowing racers to turn the downforce of the wing to help the car handle at high speed. No race car would be ready for the track without hood pins, which this Superbird has equipped. The fender vents allow air out from under the hood to keep the front end from lifting at speed. The trim tag on this Roadrunner notes the large number of performance and comfort options included with this car when new. Rallye wheels, 15x6.5, were the most popular upgrade wheels of the time for most Chrysler products. The radial tires are an upgrade and greatly enhance the cars handling. From inside the car, through the rearview mirror, the wing is very visible. On the underside of the steel Superbird nose are three key things: the air intake for the engine, a thin rubber strip to protect the end of the nose and a short air dam to direct air out from under the car. The headlights have been switched to electric motors to operate the headlights, a much more reliable way to make sure they operate properly. The tray, ahead of the core support in the engine compartment, helps to fill the void between the nose and the front of the engine compartment. Its covered by the extended hood design. This Tribute Superbird uses all the factory Hemi suspension pieces, including the Street Hemi rear leaf springs and Hemi torsion bars. Exactly like it would have come from the factory. The ride is very comfortable with no harsh qualities. The Holley double pumper carbs are wired so that the choke stays open, which is meant for warmer weather. The intake is a Mopar Performance single-plane unit, and the Keith Black aluminum cylinder heads have been reworked to help the 477ci engine get to over 700 hp. A tip off to the Superbirds Roadrunner heritage, the steering wheel center contains a Road Runner cartoon image, which features a requisite copyright mention to Warner Brothers for the use of their logo. All Superbirds came with vinyl roofs to reduce the amount of time required by the factory to metal finish the tops. The speedometer and tachometer are positioned right in front of the driver on the Superbird, the tach at the right featuring a clock at its center - thus called the Tic Toc Tach. No American car in history, except for its cousin the Dodge Daytona, strikes a more impressive pose than the 1970 Plymouth Superbird.
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