1970 Plymouth Superbird 392 HEMI 6-Speed Transformation at V8 Speed and Resto Shop V8TV
We’re transforming this 1972 Plymouth into a 1970 Plymouth Superbird complete with a Mopar Performance 392 6.4 Hemi and a 6-Speed manual transmission in the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. It’s also getting some new tubular front suspension and other upgrades along with a complete repaint. We thought we’d share an update as we build the car in our latest “What are you in for” video series where we share in-process projects from around the shop!
This car was born as a 1970 Plymouth Satellite wearing Ivy Green. It was originally powered by a 318 V8 and used an automatic transmission shifted on the column. However, it went through a personality change and took on GTX appearance options at some point, including a bright Lime Light green repaint and a hopped up 360 engine. And although this was cool, our customer wanted something more, so he sent the car to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop for a complete Superbird conversion!
The Plymouth Superbird was engineered for high-speed aerodynamic stability on the high bank NASCAR tracks back in 1970. The race versions were radical cars for sure, with the large rear spoiler, nose cone, and 426 race hemi under the hood. The concept worked, as the Superbird and it’s cousin Dodge Daytona were good for the first 200+ MPH speeds in NASCAR.
To be NASCAR legal, “street” versions of the Superbird and Daytona had to be sold to the public, and although they were not widely appreciated when new, they are highly prized collectibles today. They command high prices at auctions due to their unusual design and limited production, which means that they are out of reach of most people.
However, the pieces to create your own Superbird have existed for years. And by doing a conversion, you don’t have to worry about negatively affecting the value of an original if you want to make changes, like adding a fuel injected HEMI engine or making the body nicer than the originals.
This car went from Satellite to GTX, and is on it’s way to Superbird glory as we perform all the modifications here at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. One of the great things about Chrysler products are the fender tags, which spell out all the originally installed features in codes on the fender, making these cars easier to authenticate. In this case, nobody is trying to suggest this was a Superbird from birth, but rather, a dream car for our customer tailored to his specifications. We’re happy to bring it to life!
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The V8 Speed & Resto Shop is a full-service classic car and muscle car restoration service ready to perform everything from simple maintenance on vintage cars to full frame-off restorations and modifications. Whether you are seeking a stock restoration, a pro-touring muscle car, or a custom restomod, the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in Red Bud, IL, can help. Contact us today to put the V8 crew to work for you. Transport services are available.
V8 Speed & Resto Shop
817 S. Main Street
Red Bud,IL 62278