Documented Restored Numbers Matching Road Runner Superbird 440 Super Commando V8

Price: US $164,900.00 Item location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Plymouth
  • Model: Road Runner
  • SubModel: Superbird
  • Type: Other
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1970
  • Mileage: 45,800
  • Color: Blue
  • Engine size: 440 Super Commando V8
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: White
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description:

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird

SUMMARY

Highly authentic 3-owner car / 1.5-year restoration completed in June of 2014
Original 440 cubic inch Super Commando V8
Original A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission
Mostly-original sheetmetal / Correct Blue Fire Metallic paint / Correct Black vinyl top
Correct White & Black interior
Correct 8.75-inch rear axle / Correct Sure Grip differential / Correct 3.55 gears
Sale includes: Original Broadcast Sheet / Restoration photos / Galen Govier Fender Tag and Broadcast Sheet decodes
Correct power steering / Correct power front disc and rear drum brakes
Correct Hemi Suspension
Polished stainless exhaust / Polished Dynomax mufflers

What happens when you take some of Detroit's most serious muscle, ull out all the stops and create a NASCAR-inspired super car? Well, ou should have a wildly popular halo that generates huge buzz and creates truckloads of revenue. In the case of Plymouth and their coveted Road Runner Superbird, hat wasn't quite the result. In fact, he division managed to barely surpass the 1,920 cars required to meet NASCAR's renewed homologation rule. And while these slow sellers lingered on lots and didn't do much for the brand during their day, heir outrageous nature virtually guaranteed that, n time, hey would become exclusive classics serious collectors dream of owning. This highly authentic Superbird is a fully documented, -owner dreamboat that wraps rare Black, hite and B5 Blue aesthetics around an original 440/A727 drivetrain. And if you're a serious MoPar enthusiast who's looking for a crown jewel classic to lead your collection, t's a chance to turn your reverie into reality!

HISTORY

Throughout the '60s, hrysler and Ford were heavily vested in the "Win on Sunday, ell on Monday" sales mentality. And Dodge's Charger 500, espite its NASCAR-inspired tweaks, ust wasn't getting the job done. In an attempt to one up Ford's slick and equally fast Torino, hrysler went to the drawing board and began exploring aerodynamics. While aerodynamics wasn't a new concept, t had yet to be seriously studied by major auto manufacturers. And Chrysler's foray into the subject eventually culminated in testing full scale models at Lockheed Martin's North Carolina wind tunnel. Engineers quickly realized the benefits of a wind-cutting nose, ut the real epiphany came when they employed a large rear stabilizer. Not only did that 'rocket nose' and 'park bench' spoiler combination create 'zero lift' downforce, t also produced immense directional stability, ermitting speeds in excess of 200 MPH. Not surprisingly, odge's storied Daytona won the first race it competed in, nd would eventually become one of the most successful NASCAR stock cars of all time. And Plymouth, ooking to lure NASCAR star Richard Petty back into the fold, ollowed Dodge's impressive Daytona with the equally slippery, nd some say better, oad Runner Superbird.

BODYWORK/TRIM

Like many investment grade classics, his impressive Plymouth spent the majority of its 46 years in the hands of one very meticulous enthusiast. Traded in 1971 by its original owner, he car was nabbed by that enthusiast for a whopping $3,300 from Al Davenport Plymouth of Portsmouth, irginia. In 2012, hen that enthusiast decided to pass his beloved 'bird to a third owner, he car benefitted from a thorough, .5-year restoration that consisted of a little bodywork and quite a bit of detailing. During that refresh, ccomac, irginia's Durbin's Auto Body stripped mostly original sheetmetal, elded up a fresh trunk pan, prayed correct Blue Fire Metallic 2-stage and installed a fresh vinyl top. And today, his warrior rolls as one super slick, ll-American muscle car that's so cool it'll make you feel guilty!

ENGINE

Raise this coupe's long hood and you'll find an original, 40 cubic inch RB V8 that's authenticated by a familiar 2536430 casting number and matching partial VIN. More popular than Chrysler's famed Hemi, nd almost as feared as Plymouth's 440 6 BBL, his Super Commando V8 was designed to offer an exceptional combination of speed and civility. Oxygen whips through a correctly decaled, ual snorkel air cleaner to a big Carter carburetor, hich is bolted to a glossy, emi Orange intake. At the front of that intake, familiar points distributor sequences fire through reliable 7mm High Temperature plug wires. Behind those wires, emi Orange valve covers perfectly contrast correct, ast iron exhaust manifolds. Cooling is provided by a big, 6-inch radiator, hich utilizes pliable hoses and simple squeeze clamps to channel water past a correct, -blade fan. A correct MoPar red cap utilizes an old school Chrysler voltage regulator to supply the jolts. And, esthetically, verything in the clean engine bay presents great; from the car's cool factory decals and B5 Blue fenders to its old school washer reservoir and requisite Road Runner horn. According to this Plymouth's current owner, either the big 440 nor its A727 companion has ever been fully rebuilt. And after the car's restoration, he moody 6 BBL induction noted in accompanying build photos was happily exchanged for a correct 4-barrel set-up.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Park this specialized B-Body on a lift and you'll find a fully sorted undercarriage that, hanks to an acute combination of low mileage and impeccable maintenance, emains very close to the way it left the Lynch Road assembly line. Factory undercoating protects solid floors that, hile exceedingly nice, ertainly aren't a stranger to the blacktop. Behind the Super Commando, n original A727 Torqueflite hangs a high performance "PK3410670" assembly stamp opposite a matching partial VIN. That proven transmission sends power to a correct 8.75-inch Chrysler rear end that spins a correct Sure Grip differential around correct 3.55 gears. At the front of the car, hrysler's beefy Hemi Suspension utilizes heavy-duty torsion bars, n A12 sway bar and standard power steering to make quick work of big bumps and tight curves. At the back of the car, hat same Hemi Suspension hangs correctly staggered springs at the sides of fresh KYB Gas-A-Just shocks and a stainless fuel tank that feeds stainless fuel lines. Stops come courtesy of standard power front disc and rear drum brakes. Spent gases traverse polished stainless tubes on their way to an H-shaped crossover, olished Dynomax mufflers and correct stainless tips. And all that MoPar goodness rolls on stylish Rallye wheels, hich twist F70-14 Goodyear Polyglas tires around bright stainless trim rings and color-keyed center caps.

INTERIOR

Inside this famous Plymouth, striking White & Black interior adds to the car's rare and exceptionally attractive aesthetics. Correct bench and bucket seats display no significant signs of wear. In front of those thrones, straight, rack-free dash hangs correct Rallye gauges beside a correct AM/FM radio. At the bottom of that dash, ell-maintained carpet centers a factory shifter on a correct console. At the sides of that carpet, right door panels complement bright door frames. Above those frames, tight headliner backs a cool Richard Petty autograph. In front of the driver, correct, ood-trimmed steering wheel spins satin spokes around a cool Road Runner centerpiece. And behind the passengers, he car's cavernous trunk hides a fresh mat beneath a fifth Rallye wheel and a fifth a Goodyear tire.

PROVENANCE

In addition to significant historical provenance, his Plymouth's substantial documentation includes Galen Govier Fender Tag and Broadcast Sheet decodes. Here's a detailed look at how the car left Chrysler's Lynch Road assembly plant.

FENDER TAG:

E86: 440 cubic inch Super Commando V8 that utilizes one 4-barrel carburetor to create 375 horsepower
D32: A727 Torqueflite automatic transmission
RM: Plymouth Road Runner
23: 2-door hardtop
U: 440 cubic inch Super Commando V8 that utilizes one 4-barrel carburetor to create 375 horsepower
0: 1970 model year
A: Assembled at Chrysler's Lynch Road facility
XXXXXX: Production Sequence Number
EB5: Blue Fire Metallic body paint
P: Premium trim grade
6: Vinyl bucket seats
XW: White & Black interior
EW1: White upper door frames
B30: Scheduled for production on Sunday November 30th, 969
J98254: Vehicle Order Number (Special-order Superbird)
V19: Special-order vinyl roof
V88: Transverse sport stripe delete (add "Road Runner" nameplates)
26: 26-inch radiator
C16: Woodgrain-trimmed console that's complete with a floor shifter
115: 440 Super Commando V8 with automatic transmission and heater specs
052: Heavy-duty 8.75-inch axle that's fitted with 3.55 gears, Sure Grip differential and 10-inch drum brakes
670: 440 Super Commando-spec A727 Torqueflite automatic transmission
15: Lynch Road Assembly Gate Sequence Number
102: Lynch Road Assembly Base Sequence Number
175835: Lynch Road Assembly Line Sequence Number

BUILD SHEET:

B: Broadcast Copy: Station #- Lynch Road
176602: Sequence Number: Broadcast Print
B30: Scheduled for production on Sunday November 30th, 969
J98254: Vehicle Order Number (Special-order Superbird)
RM: Plymouth Road Runner
23: 2-door hardtop
U: 440 cubic inch Super Commando V8 that utilizes one 4-barrel carburetor to create 375 horsepower
0: 1970 model year
A: Assembled at Chrysler's Lynch Road facility
XXXXXX: Production Sequence Number
Y05: Build to specifications for U.S.A.
STD: Dealer stock order type
Y39: Special order
E86: 440 cubic inch Super Commando V8 that utilizes one 4-barrel carburetor to create 375 horsepower
D32: A727 Torqueflite automatic transmission
D56: Heavy-duty 8.75-inch axle that's fitted with 3.55 gears
D91: Sure Grip differential
T86: F70x14 Polyglas white sidewall tires
P: Premium trim grade
6: Vinyl bucket seats
XW: White & Black interior
EW1: White upper door frames
V01: Monotone paint style
EB5: Blue Fire Metallic body paint
V19: Special vinyl roof
NO: Performance hood paint treatment
355: B-Body automatic transmission floor shifter
X9: Black steering column
7000: Steering: Power / N88: No / L65: No
16TT: 3-spoke woodgrain steering wheel
47X9: Black horn button
2998956: 26-inch Maximum Cooling radiator
2863257: 26-inch radiator inlet hose
3438172: 37-amp mono-pulley alternator
2863223: 18-inch 7-blade fan
1851959: 1.06-inch fan spacer
2642969: 70-amp 27-series red cap battery
V88: Transverse sport stripe delete
2405466: 2-way intake vacuum fitting
115: 440 Super Commando V8 with automatic transmission and heater specs
3418554: Carter AVS 4-barrel carburetor
3410670: A727 Torqueflite automatic transmission
2538936: Red 36-tooth speedometer pinion
2996161: 3.24-inch x 51.50-inch propeller driveshaft
3432052: Heavy-duty 8.75-inch axle that's fitted with 3.55 gears, Sure Grip differential and 10-inch drum brakes
63: 14-inch x 5.5-inch Magnum 500 wheels
TX9: Black-painted spare wheel
16: 14-inch x 5.5-inch stamped steel spare wheel
2944424: Brushed trim rings
3466479: B-body 440 engine K-frame that's complete with skid protection
2835862: .88-inch front sway bar
2462067: Firm ride front shocks
3400592: Firm ride rear shocks
29: Front disc brakes
1857781: .91-inch x 41-inch Hemi left torsion bar
1857780: 91-inch x 41-inch Hemi right torsion bar
2539794: Hemi 6-leaf left rear spring
2539964: Hemi 5.5-leaf right rear spring
6700: Brake pedal: B51 automatic transmission-less J41
3412452: 800 RPM in neutral idle label
3402068: F70x14 load range tire label
00: Left H-pipe exhaust
3404802: Right H-pipe exhaust
3404014: Left tail pipe that's complete with chrome tip
3404013: Right tail pipe that's complete with chrome tip
BP5: Car height: B-Body power steering
65: B-Body power disc master cylinder
06: 6:00 AM broadcast print hour
75: #75 broadcast print sequence for the hour
A13: Road Runner Superbird Package
A36: Performance Axle Package
STD: Hardtop Road Runner Dcor Package
STD: Rallye Instrument Cluster
B41: Front disc brakes
B51: Power brakes
NO: Belvedere Seat Belt Group
C16: Woodgrain-trimmed console
C23: Rear armrests
C55: Front bucket seats
NO: 6-way adjustable driver's seat
C93: Carpet
NO: Accessory floor mats
STD: 37-amp alternator
F25: Heavy-duty 70-amp battery
F96: Oil pressure gauge
G15: Tinted windshield
G33: Chrome remote driver's mirror
G31: Chrome manual passenger's mirror
G41: Day/night rearview mirror
H11: Heater that's complete with a defroster
NO: Rear window defogger
J11: Glovebox lock
J15: Cigar lighter
NO: Electric clock
J25: 3-speed wipers paired with an electronic washer system
STD: Beep-Beep horn
NO: Dress up pedals
J45: Hood pins
J55: Undercoating and hood insulation pad
NO: Instrument panel woodgrain
NO: Rear spoiler (Wing instead)
NO: Courtesy light
NO: Glovebox light
NO: Ash receiver light
NO: Trunk light
NO: Hood mounted turn signal indicators
NO: Headlamp time delay with timer
NO: Headlamp-on signal
L76: Heater controls lamp
NO: Door edge moldings
M21: Drip rail moldings
NO: Body sill moldings
NO: Wheel lip moldings
NO: Body belt moldings
M81: Front bumper guards
NO: Rear bumper guards
N41: Dual exhaust
N42: Chrome exhaust tips
N65: Torque drive fan
N51: Maximum Cooling Package less fan
N85: Tachometer that's complete with a clock
NO: Auto speed control
NO: Carburetor Fresh Air Package
NO: Power windows
R21: AM/FM radio
NO: Rear speaker
STD: Telescopic antenna
S15: Hemi front suspension
S25: Firm ride shock absorbers
S31: Front sway bar
NO: Lower-half horn ring
S77: Power steering
S81: Woodgrain 3-spoke steering wheel
STD: Wheel trim rings
W23: Magnum 500 wheels

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

An original Broadcast Sheet
An original Sales Invoice documenting the car's August, 971 purchase
The aforementioned Galen Govier Fender Tag and Broadcast Sheet decode
A vintage Owner's Manual
A book of restoration photos

Serious collections are built around rarity. And this incredible Superbird, ith its original drivetrain, triking color combination and unbeatable pedigree, s dripping with the enticing qualities that literally define the term "exclusive". If you're in the market for some solid, nvestment grade muscle that'll continue to build equity for years to come, his top notch Plymouth is exactly the car you've been searching for!