Plymouth Superbird
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Plymouth
Model: Superbird
Plymouth Superbird

The Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was a sister model to the Dodge Charger Daytona. This model existed for two main reasons with the first being to beat the Ford Torino, and the second to win NASCAR. Additionally, it was created to get Richard Petty back to Plymouth in the NASCAR races. It featured a NASA inspired sharp nose and wings. This model will sure make you take a second look. The wings were a topic of debate as to whether they were there for aerodynamic reasons or merely to allow the trunk to open. Anyhow, Richard Petty left for Ford in the end of 1968. There are rumors that Richard voiced that he wanted a Charger, however, Richard as the driver in the family business had little to do with the decision. The reason had everything to do with Lee Petty and financial motivations. Not with on-track performance. As it turns out, for years, Lee Petty wanted the car building and parts distribution business handled by Nichels Engineering however the Nichels contract with Chrysler was up at the end of 1970. Ronny Householder, the boss of Chrysler racing was a longtime friend of Ray Nichels. Further, Ray and his dad prepared Householder's midget race cars when he was in the Midwest in the 1940's. Adding to the story, Nichels built the factory Pontiacs from 1957 to 1963, at which point, Pontiac pulled out in 1963. On the other hand, Chrysler was just getting serious about racing, and Householder was there to scoop up Ray Nichels as the factory car builder. Ford had thought about hiring Petty in late 1967, but at that time, Charlie Gray, the director of the Ford stock car program felt that hiring the Petty would send the message that money dominates. So he refused to back the plan.

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