This Classic Muscle Car Just Sold For $1.65 Million

Only 1,935 units of the Plymouth Superbird were ever built, and one of them just broke a record selling at auction for $1.65 million. 
Written by Allison Stone
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Classic cars
are like fine wine, they only get better—and more valuable—with age. At least that can be said for a 1970
Superbird auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas for a record $1.65 million. 
According to
Fox News
, the sale beat out a previous record from May when a rival 1969 Dodge Daytona muscle car sold for $1.3 million. 
Read on with car ownership super app
to find out just what made this car worth its 7-figure price tag. 

History of the Superbird

While a Plymouth car like the Superbird is highly-sought after today, in its time it was a short-lived attempt by Chrysler to enter a segment that was dominated by Ford and Chevrolet. It only lasted a single production year with 1,935 units built.
According to
, the Superbird was based on the Plymouth Roadrunner, but it was inspired to compete with the likes of the Dodge Charger Daytona. Frequently changing NASCAR rules gave both of these cars a short production life.  
Both the Daytona and the Superbird were built to do one thing—win a
trophy—but their incredible speed is exactly what led to their eventual downfall. 
In 1971, a year after the Superbird blazed its way through the season, NASCAR limited engine size in response to safety concerns.   
When the Superbird was dropped from racing, the production of its street-legal counterpart was also axed. 
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Specs of the 1970 Plymouth Superbird

The vintage racer came fully restored at auction and was just one of 135 that were still equipped with the original 426 cubic-inch Hemi V8 engine. The model sold at auction is finished in a Tor Red exterior paint and black interior. It maintains its original aero nose, rear wing, fender-mounted air scoops, and front spoiler. 
The inside seats are trimmed in black vinyl with silver accents, and the dashboard maintains the factory tachometer, AM radio, and 3-spoke steering wheel. It sits on 15-inch Rallye wheels with Goodyear Polyglas raised white-letter tires.
The 426 Hemi V8 engine produces 425 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 490 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The TorqueFlite 727 automatic transmission gets from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.
Updates include power steering and power brakes with front discs. 

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