- The 1970 Plymouth Superbird has been exposed to extreme weather conditions, but is currently undergoing a complete restoration to bring it back to its former glory.
- The restoration process involves stripping the car down to its bare shell and repairing any damage caused by debris and salt water exposure.
- The Plymouth Superbird is a highly sought-after and valuable muscle car, with an average price of over $235,000 and a record sale price of $1.65 million.
It’s not often that something as special as 1970 happens Plymouth Superbird visible in such a dilapidated condition, although this example has not suffered from neglect or disuse. No, unusually enough, it was the extreme weather that started the fight against this bright orange specimen, throwing it outside and washing it with salt water.
A pitiful state for anyone muscle car, but luckily help was just around the corner for this American automotive legend. It’s only been a year since those sad pictures were taken, and now the famous upside-down Plymouth is back on the road to recovery.
Check out the status of this inverted superbird after just 1 year
On September 28, 2022, this iconic orange muscle car was ripped from the ground, battered by debris, and ultimately destroyed by nature. For many, this would mean the end of the car, but the Plymouth Superbird is no ordinary car. Originally homologated for use in NASCAR, this instantly recognizable American classic car has shown tremendous success and is now known as one of the most desirable and sought after muscle cars.
It is only fitting, then, that this inverted specimen should receive the restoration it deserves. This restoration is already well underway, and thanks to the Auto Archeology YouTube channel, we can see the progress in the video above.
The past 12 months have been eventful for this most famous of superbirds
You may remember when Hurricane Ian hit Florida in the fall of 2022, and perhaps some of the most widely shared footage was footage of the Plymouth Superbird. Although this extremely rare piece of muscle car history was kept under wraps to withstand the weather, it was turned upside down by the hurricane and heavily impacted by damaging salt water and falling debris.
Rumors soon began to circulate that the owner had somehow staged the incident in order to receive a large insurance payout. However, the host of the video seeks to establish the truth and confirms that it was not about insurance money; the cars were insured but were simply sold to the current owner named Tony. Before any restoration work began, the car was shown to the public at the MCACN show last year, and fingers crossed the car will make its debut at the show again in 2024, but in a fully restored condition.
In a few days, the Superbird was sent for repairs. The first order of business was to clean it of sand and water before disassembling the car to remove any traces of debris. The biggest concern was salt water stuck in the little corners of the frame, so the Superbird had to be stripped back to its bare shell. During this process, some previous repairs were discovered, allowing the Magnum Auto Restoration team to perform at a higher level. As an example of matching the numbers, it was worth the time and money to get the car repaired properly.
Surprisingly, although the rear fenders were crushed and crumpled, the signature spoiler remained in decent shape. The reason for this? This iconic rear spoiler is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, making it comparatively stronger than other steel sections of the car. Of course, some panels needed to be replaced, but the restoration team kept the original panels where possible, such as the passenger side front fender, which needed a lot of careful reconstruction.
How much does a Plymouth Superbird cost?
New price: $4,776
Originally developed to take on Ford in the early days of NASCAR, the Plymouth Superbird lives on in the veins of motorsports, and as such has developed a network of die-hard fans over the decades. An initial purchase price of somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000 will get you this most impressive and powerful muscle car. However, the price paid today is much higher.
Average price paid
Highest price paid
1970 Plymouth Superbird
1.65 million dollars
According to Classic.com’s latest record price trends, the average price paid for a Plymouth Superbird is just over $235,000, proving that at any level, this 18-foot icon is a serious investment. So it’s no surprise that Tony (the last owner of this overturned specimen) has the confidence to embark on a thorough and no doubt terribly expensive full restoration. More often than not, these restorations can significantly exceed the cost of the finished product, so most of those who undertake them do so for the love of the car, not for financial gain.
It would seem, however, as Barrett-Jackson proved in 2022, that collectors will not be able to pay for this correct example. selling one copy for an incredible 1.65 million dollars! This was an extremely special example, being one of only 135 Superbirds that were originally equipped with the HEMI V8 and also recently restored to perfection. Tony’s famous upside-down Superbird could make a lot of money when it’s finished (if he decides to sell), though it’s highly unlikely that it will achieve world records like the aforementioned HEMI model.
How many Plymouth Superbirds are still around today?
Launched in 1970, the Superbird was never intended as a production car that would reach staggering heights, with full order books and thousands flying from the factory. No, rather, it was always the exclusive best edition of what was possible with the technology of the time.
As such, only 1,935 units were produced, so demand has far outstripped supply for the past 53 years. You could be forgiven for thinking that almost all of them still exist today, but as with many other exotic and expensive cars, many are crashed, written off or broken to keep the best examples on the road. You might consider it a crime to strip something like a Superbird for parts, but in the 1980s and 1990s they were much more affordable, so it wasn’t unusual for lesser-known examples to be stripped and sold for parts to maximize profit.
The exact number of cars left is impossible to say, although experts on the brand and enthusiasts who continue their lives generally agree that north of 1,000 still exist. Many will be tucked away in private collections, others will be used sparingly or displayed at exhibitions, and sometimes one might just end up parked upside down on your street!