A 1970 Plymouth Superbird is on sale now with a rear wing that makes all modern cars green with envy.
Admit it: the larger the rear spoiler, the better the car. That kind of grade-school mentality is why supercars from Lamborghini, Porsche, and Pagani all have giant rear wings even when there’s absolutely no need for it. It’s expected. Moreover: it's demanded.
The world hit peak-rear-wing in 1970 with the birth of the Plymouth Superbird. Based on the successful Plymouth Road Runner, the Superbird was essentially the same car, but with an aerodynamic nose cone fitted to the front and a massive rear wing planted on the back.
If you’re wondering why this car looks like a fighter jet from the ‘60s, consider its designer: former rocket scientist John Pointer. When asked to create a new stock car for NASCAR’s premier Grand National Series he came up with this.
Although the Superbird actually won its debut race at the 1970 Daytona 500, the road going version was considered… polarizing. Most of the 1,920 cars built never made it off the lot. The jet fighter nose and wing that you couldn’t reach on your tippy toes was just a little much for a very conservative American public.
On top of that, the aerodynamic additions didn’t actually do much. You only got a benefit to performance over 60 mph, but below that the weight of the nose cone and wing just slowed the Superbird down. The regular Road Runner was actually faster in the quarter mile and to sixty.
So it’s a bad car. But bad cars with a good history can still fetch a pretty penny. This one doesn’t have a storied history, but it was previously restored and only has 10,000 miles on the odometer. There are classic Road Runner decals on the front left headlight cover, rear wing struts, boot lid, and steering wheel, all on a body painted Alpine White.
The asking price? AutoClassics has it listed at $209,999, which sounds like a lot--especially when you factor in that you’d have to travel to Ocala, Florida just to pick it up.
But look on the bright side: you’d easily have the most unique car on the block.