The Plymouth Superbird is one of those classic American cars from the muscle car era that has captured the imagination of all sorts of automotive enthusiasts long after its presence on roads and race tracks wore away. It's easy to see why. Where else but in the Swingin' Sixties and Seventies would a car leave the factory with an aerodynamics package that included a pointy beak and a rear spoiler that sat several feet above the rear deck?

The example you see above, which was born in 1970, is one of the finest Superbirds we've ever seen. Combine its complete restoration with its original 426 Hemi engine, and it's no surprise that it managed to bring in a cool half million dollars (plus 10 percent in fees) at Barrett-Jackson. See it yourself in our high-res image gallery above, and scroll down below for the official auction description.

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Authenticated and visually inspected by Mopar authority and expert, Galen Govier. Verified original matching numbers engine and transmission with original VIN Tag, Fender Tag and secondary body codes. Currently listed in Galen's Registry as #25 of 78 HEMI Superbirds registered and accounted for in the USA. Documented rotisserie restoration with photos included. 2013 First in Class winner at the 41st Annual Concours d'Elegance held in Forest Grove, OR. Features include the original 426/425hp HEMI engine with dual four carburetion, original 727 TorqueFlite automatic, original A36 performance axle package, power disc brakes, power steering, "Tic-Toc" tachometer, factory gauge package, AM radio, remote left mirror, black vinyl top, Rally wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tires, matching spare with both jacks and outstanding original body including nose cone. Beautifully refinished in the original Alpine White exterior color. Galen Govier's visual report is included along with Fender Tag decoding, Registry Certificate, original owner's manual and owner history plus an additional visual report by Mopar authority, Dave Wise at MMC Detroit. This is one of the finest and rarest HEMI Superbirds anywhere.


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      T
      • 11 Months Ago
      Back in the day in LA used to see a few Birds around. People there were into drag racing so it was the big block Cudas Camero's ect. that people went for. Of coarse their were Chargers Roadrunners Chevell's Novas. The Ford program always seemed to suck. Those FE big blocks were noting more than boat anchors.
      ZOSO
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's only "stupid " money if YOU don't have the resources "bkosterDeux". I don't know why you and Soccer Mom even read an article like this much less post a comment. This is a big ticket toy for big players. Nothing more, nothing less. Don't be dissing because you don't get it. IT'S A TOY !!!!!! The guy/gal bought it because he/she just wants a little fun. The buyer ain't out there to fix the problems of the world. Jeez. You don't know if you could "sleep at night" ??? REALLY ??? When did we stop enjoying life ? When did we stop having fun just for the sake of fun ? Stop and smell the roses people...Sell your laptop and donate the proceeds to charity if you think this buyer is that bad. You won't...... Hypocrite......
      richard
      • 11 Months Ago
      The only reason this car was considered funny by those laughing idiots was the fact they never realized why it was manufactured. It was strictly used in NASCAR...you needed 5000 production models to be manufactured before it could race. Those idiots who were laughing must not have known that this car won 37 od 46 races in 1970, hit the 200 mph level, and was banned because they were too good!!
        Bobby
        • 11 Months Ago
        @richard
        Richard it was stock car racing, stock you could go bye the same car on monday at your local dealer. IT was banned by stock car because ford and chev.had nothing to run with it.
        80Mirada
        • 11 Months Ago
        @richard
        It was actually 2,000 cars
      spaze47
      • 11 Months Ago
      those were the days for cars.
      Richard
      • 11 Months Ago
      Quantitative easing at work. Trophy assets of all sorts (classic cars, art, Manhattan real estate) setting record prices. Sign of a peak in this economic cycle you think?
      Michael Shai
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Superbird was made one year and one year only -- 1970. The best Muscle Car ever produced!!! Chrysler Corporation had many ideas right at the 1970 mark. A lot of the old A-Bodies are great muscle machines as well. I have always wanted a Superbird -- but at the 1970 Price!!!
        Andy Kane
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Michael Shai
        You, I and tons of other people would love to purchase one at the 1970's price. LOL
      us worker
      • 11 Months Ago
      I hate to say it - But the Barret -Jackson auctions are destroying the classic car traditions for the normal guy - Screw you Barret - Jackson
        WhiteKnight64
        • 11 Months Ago
        @us worker
        Hey US Worker, don't get pissed with the auctioneers, it's a US business, we need more good businesses like these, and Barrett Jackson and other's create job's for people like you and me. And if you'd just think about it, we wouldn't be able to enjoy seeing these classic's unless we watch them on TV. So even if an individual can't afford them, it may be a good thing, because they would most likely end up in a junkyards!
        JEAN
        • 11 Months Ago
        @us worker
        Get with a local car club...car lovers or gear heads Love a challenge. And usually someone will help you find your dream machine or at least a "map" to your dream machine.
      • 11 Months Ago
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        Andy Kane
        • 11 Months Ago
        And I bet you and your buddy were the envy of even upper classmen at school after that, right?
      James
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'm a Corvette fan, but those Superbird's ruled the track, in the day!
      David
      • 11 Months Ago
      The next best car for drag coefficient is a ferrari f40, or so I have heard.
      dead7
      • 11 Months Ago
      if you look at the pics that is a Hemi engine the 440's spark plug wires go over the side this one has them in the top of the head. Also, back in the day (new) these things dang near couldn't be given away In fact several had the nose and tail removed then were sold as a 1970 roadrunner.
      Bobby
      • 11 Months Ago
      I remember my first Job at chrysler mopar parts division in chicago,il. I had to scrap all the wing cars.OMG what a shame,In those days it was stock car racing,win on sunday and you could bye the same car at you local dodge are chrysler dealer. chrysler said nascar is false advertisment so we stop racing,Just because ford and chev. had no car to run with us.
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