Written by independent automotive journalist Roger C. Johnson
This matching-numbers Superbird (Lot #1330) was the 280th built from a total production run of what experts estimate to be between 1,920 and 2,000. It’s powered by Mopar’s awesome 440ci big block and stimulated by their world-class Six-Barrel induction system. This powerplant churns out an advertised 390 horsepower and 490 ft/lbs of torque, which is as much twist as a street HEMI generates. Chrysler’s trendsetting 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic is ideally suited to transfer that kind of energy to the rear wheels without fail, or complaint. Chromed 10-hole factory rims with Goodyear rubber all around complete the period-correct image.
This is your basic combat car, bursting with mechanical and aero efficiencies with little regard for things like air conditioning or power windows, although power steering and brakes were ordered with this car, as was the Tic-Toc-Tach. Its low option package gave it even more credibility during the 1970 street scene and does the same thing now. You know, all business and no fluff. It is a Plymouth Superbird, after all, conceived to go fast above all else.
Those very same characteristics bring this particular car into the forefront of today’s most desirable collectibles ‒ those that deliver big-time performance and style, not just the promise of it.
Finished in Alpine White with a black interior, this fabulous automotive icon has had three previous owners, all of whom apparently babied it, as it’s only traveled just over 6,000 miles from new (the title read exempt). Even the original factory overspray is visible on the new-like underside of this machine. An impressive paper trail on this Superbird includes the original Bill of Sale and title from the first owner. The car has also been documented by the Govier Registry and its title reads mileage exempt.
If it’s time to put a winged car in your personal collection, this Alpine White-hot Plymouth, production #280, should be at the top of your list. If you thought Superbirds looked awesome lapping NASCAR’s fastest tracks at over 200 miles an hour, just imagine how impressive this one will be when it lands right in the middle of your very own driveway.