End Of The Line: 1970 Plymouth Superbird

1970 Plymouth Superbird

The seller’s aggressive style may not appeal to me, but there is no denying the fact that an original Superbird is exciting. This winged wonder is claimed to have only covered 58k miles since new and is still wearing most of its original paint. It is also claimed to be the last Superbird built so I’m sure that adds some value to someone? The photos in the auction listing leave much to be desired though. I’m sure if you were planning on spending this kind of money though, you could afford to pay a Mopar expert to do a full inspection. This isn’t something on my shopping list, but boy would I like to slam through the gears and see if that big wing really made any difference! Find it here on eBay where bidding is up to $140k with only a day left. The reserve has not been met and the seller has threatened to put into storage for 20 years if it doesn’t sell this time around. These were hard to move when they were new and with today’s inflated prices, I have a feeling it’s no different today.


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  1. Jason

    Wouldn’t want to buy a used record from that guy, much less a hundred thousand dollar car.

  2. Chip H.

    Up to over $156K with reserve not met. Hope he takes care to store it right.

  3. Dolphin Member

    If it is a real Road Runner Superbird that checks out on the documentation that you can’t quite read in the photos, then at $156K and climbing it’s already above the upper end of the range of $95-$145K for these in the SCM Price Guide.

    These kinds of sales always make me wonder why the owner doesn’t consign it to a B-J auction. It is in Mass, but at a couple of thousand to transport it to Scottsdale it should pay him back more than the shipping cost, and you know you are selling at the top of the current market.

    And I think now would be a good time to auction it at B-J since the stock market looks like it’s at a top, so a toy / investment like this likely isn’t going to be worth as much once the market pulls back

  4. MH

    Nice car. Would love to own it. That seller is shady. He bought that other lot of Mopar and tried to sell them for more but couldnt.

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  7. Blindmarc

    If this flipper wants a reserve on the car, go with Mecum. BJ hardly ever allows them.

  8. Cameron Bater UK

    I’m not a big Superbird fan, I am more of a Deytona fan but I can say if I were to be buying the Dodge or the Plymouth I would take my trusty silk magnet and a Mopar expert to view before purchase.
    And yes I AM a Brit with a fond interest in Classic American Muscle alot of my favourites are mid 60s and top of my “Year One” list has to be a Mid 60s Mustang Fastback and the Dodge Charger Deytona.

  9. Mark E

    You are correct about them being hard to move originally, Jesse! I remember the local Chrysler Plymouth dealer in my hometown had a hemi Superbird that sat on his lot for a LONG time. Most everyone did not want to pay what was then a big buck premium for the small power increase over the 440 six pack. Then the fuel crisis came and with sixty cent per gallon gas you could buy one of these for three grand back in the mid-70s.

    • Clint

      My dad bought a ’70 Superbird in April of 1971 and the Superbird was brand new. He got it for 25% off MSRP. It was a 440/727 car. He drove it for 2 years and traded it for a 73 Mach 1. IIRC, he didn’t get much on trade.

  10. JW454

    Everyone (including the seller) needs to read the letter from Galen much closer. It does not say this is the last Superbird! It says it is number 23 in the last batch which was batch 28. How many cars were in the batch? It doesn’t say. It also says it is the last 440 4bbl in Galen’s registry. That also doesn’t make it the last Superbird ever made. Just sayn’

    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      I was thinking the same thing. I thought I might be wrong because I just read it really quickly.
      If he’s wring about that (and he made a HUGE deal about it being the last one), I wouldn’t go near this.

  11. RoughDiamond

    Ditto what “JW454” said. I had to look twice at that letter and at first glance thought it said 28# of 28 then realized the first number was #23. So it cannot be the last Superbird in any facet of production. I would want to see that piece of documentation from the so-called factory regarding the “opened up” fender intakes too. More BS? This seller really knows how to inflate and stretch the facts that is for sure. We call it bold face lying down here in the south. Caveat Emptor!

  12. JW

    I have a friend who had one of these back in the 80’s,said it was a street screamer and there wasn’t a car around that could beat it. He rapped it around a tree at 80mph and totaled it but said he had it at 140 many times. I doubted him until I met another friend of his who grew up with him and shared scary stories of riding with him. I never craved one of these as if I wanted a Semi I would buy one, too rich for my blood anyway.

  13. Jim

    Back in the early 70’s the dealers that couldn’t unload these cars de-detonaed and de-superbired these beasts around the Philly area. The took off the wings and the front nose and put stock body pieces on them so they could get rid if them. After that they did get sold. If only we would have known.

  14. Howard A Member

    I’m not an auction expert, but I think the bottom fell out of these cars. A few years ago, these, and other “high end” Mopars were going for crazy amounts of money, and in some cases, still do. (think David Spade’s Superbird for 900K) Perhaps the seller wants to cash in on that mindset, and there’s nothing wrong with that, this is America.
    You never know where these cars will show up. Many years ago, mid-’80’s, I was working at an asphalt company, and we were doing a driveway on a farm in the middle of nowhere. (Wis) During one of our many breakdowns, we were sitting around waiting for parts, when in a old shed nearby, I noticed a car under a cover, with what looked like a wing. Nobody was around at the farm, so I took a peek and sure enough, it was a Superbird (or Daytona). I always wondered how a car like that got there.

  15. Bryan Cohn

    Hate to break the news to the owner but in 20 years the Boomers who really want this car will be long out of the market and we’ll see prices for all kinds of cars falling like rocks. Sure there will be other enthusiasts but not enough to support the highly inflated prices of todays classic car marketplace.

    And frankly these were always niche cars to begin with. Dude better sell if he’s smart. Probably won’t and isn’t…..

    • The Walrus

      I’ve thought the same thing. Who knows what personal transportation will consist of in 20 years? My guess is that social pressures to be eco friendly will push prices down as much as fading nostalgia.

      I don’t think the future market will fall based on lack of interest of any particular car, but cars in general. Generally ‘kids today’ could care less about cars. They’ve grown up with appliance like cocoons, not tinkering with dad on the weekend. In general, the emotional connection has been lost. That’s probably good for them, because restoring a neglected car from 2015 in 40 years will be nearly impossible. With more electronics and fewer materials that can be repaired, cars have become increasingly disposable rather than restorable. This is already apparent in cars from the 80’s where various plastic pieces rot and cannot be repaired or replaced. Sure you could fabricate something, but it’s not really the same.

      • Mike_B_SVT

        “Generally ‘kids today’ could care less about cars.”

        I don’t agree. Anytime I take my Cougar out for a spin I get kids gawking and hooting. Kids today love “hot rod” cars as much as they ever have.
        I think a better statement would be: Kids today cannot afford an old car, and the work they require. IMO, escalating costs have forced “kids” out of the market for old cars :-(
        Really, how many “kids” do you know that can plunk down $10-15k cash for a decent reliable classic driver? Or even $5k for one that needs work (i.e. another $5k in parts & work in order to just drive it around)?

  16. Blindmarc

    Walrus, you nailed it.

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