I present to you an immaculate 1970 Plymouth Superbird. I had the opportunity to visit a really cool car collection the other day and this winged car was one of the highlights. I am writing a book on the winged car era at Chrysler so I took a few pics.
You can spot one of these a mile away - even if it is not in a bright color like this - because of its huge spoiler. The Superbird came along in 1970, the year after the Dodge Charger Daytona came out with a wing and a nosecone.
And then . . . .
The front end also had this nose cone added to it. Which necessitated the pop-up headlights.
And the emblem.
The car also carries a pair of fender scoops which are the subject of some debate. You'll notice they do not sit over a cutout but the ones raced in NASCAR did. They allowed for tire clearance and SOME people claimed they also acted as an outlet for air built up under the front of the car.
The view from inside the trunk. Notice that the wing is held in place with a bracket. The ones raced in NASCAR had much sturdier brackets and cables holding them down. (A wing had broken off of a car in an accident and the nervous Nellies in charge of NASCAR rules started freaking out until Chrysler assured them it would never happen again.)
440 CI 6-barrel. Unless you have a Hemi, this is the way to go.
The steering wheel and pistol-grip shifter. Again, what cooler way could there possibly be to control a car than this?
And in case you missed it, check out my podcast where I describe driving a Dodge Daytona (the other winged car) as well as a couple of other neat cars.
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