Repair or Replace: Plymouth Superbird

Click Here to Begin Slideshow The Plymouth Superbird certainly doesn’t fly under the radar when you see it today, does it? This was true even in 1970 for that matter. Back then, the slogan was “win on Sunday, sell on Monday,” and winning on the NASCAR circuit meant big-time sales on the dealership floor. Trophies, naturally, provided manufacturer bragging rights for the next year as well. The Plymouth Superbird was designed to help Plymouth find its way to victory lane. With 425hp and 0-60 runs in the mid-5 second range, the Roadrunner turned bird was definitely super. The sibling to the Plymouth was the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, a car specifically designed to remedy Dodge’s lackluster performance at speedways, and its design cues were carried over to the famous Plymouth. Unfortunately for most buyers, 1970 was the only year Plymouth built the Superbird. Not only is this Plymouth a single production year vehicle, it was built in small numbers. 1920 Superbirds were ever manufactured (2 for every dealership), and a tiny 135 were outfitted with the 426 Hemi. That makes these cars, regardless of options selected, worth a ton of cheese. These really are rare American automotive gems that remind us of a different time in automotive design manufacturing.

Repair or Replace: Plymouth Superbird

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The Plymouth Superbird certainly doesn’t fly under the radar when you see it today, does it? This was true even in 1970 for that matter. Back then, the slogan was “win on Sunday, sell on Monday,” and winning on the NASCAR circuit meant big-time sales on the dealership floor. Trophies, naturally, provided manufacturer bragging rights for the next year as well.

The Plymouth Superbird was designed to help Plymouth find its way to victory lane. With 425hp and 0-60 runs in the mid-5 second range, the Roadrunner turned bird was definitely super. The sibling to the Plymouth was the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, a car specifically designed to remedy Dodge’s lackluster performance at speedways, and its design cues were carried over to the famous Plymouth.

Unfortunately for most buyers, 1970 was the only year Plymouth built the Superbird. Not only is this Plymouth a single production year vehicle, it was built in small numbers. 1920 Superbirds were ever manufactured (2 for every dealership), and a tiny 135 were outfitted with the 426 Hemi. That makes these cars, regardless of options selected, worth a ton of cheese. These really are rare American automotive gems that remind us of a different time in automotive design manufacturing.

1970 Fun Facts from the Past

F.Y.I.: In 1971, NASCAR banned the Plymouth Superbird from competition.

Racing In 1970: Due to the Superbird's aero package, it exceeded 200 mph on the racetrack.

The Dodge Daytona: A sibling to the Plymouth Superbird, the 1969 Dodge Daytona was sold in even smaller numbers (503) and sold for 3998 dollars.

Value Evaluation: Hagerty.com estimates the average value of a 1970 Plymouth Superbird is 222,000 dollars.

1970 Superbird Design: The 1970 Plymouth Superbird was largely a Roadrunner with a spoiler and nose cone.

What’s Under The Hood?: Buyers had the option of purchasing a 426 Hemi V8, a 440 Super Commando V8 or a 440 Super Commando Six Barrel V8 in 1970.

At Auction: In 2014, a white 1970 Hemi Superbird fetched over 500,000 dollars at Barrett-Jackson.

Repair or Replace

1970 Plymouth Superbird

Online Pricing: $80k+

Repair or Replace

Quick Look Paint:

Fenders x2-
Doors x2-
Rockers x2-
Hood-
Roof-
Quarters x2-
Spoiler-
Nose-
Add for jams on all parts-
Undercoating-
Misc-$$$$-
Materials-

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(Paint) Labor and Materials- $15k + (Media Blast)- $5K


Quick Look Body:

Body (Glass, Chrome Trim, Interior, Exterior)- $15K+
Repair existing damage after media blasting.
500 hrs repair at $100 a billable hr. (including prime and block).

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(Body)-Labor and materials- $50k



Quick Look Total: (Body, Paint, Parts, Material, Etc.) = $70K+

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