28,223 original miles. 100% matching numbers survivor. Original paint, interior, top, engine, and more. Original build sheet and manual. Original dealer’s name still on the title! The most incredible survivor we’ve ever seen!
There’s little question that the mileage shown is authentic, because this car is extremely well preserved. That’s 100% original code EV2 Tor-Red paint on the bodywork, and while there are a few signs of age, it looks better than you would expect given the hit-or-miss quality of Chrysler’s work in 1970. Original paint means original sheetmetal underneath and there are obviously no botched repairs, no filler, no rust holes, nothing to cause a new owner any consternation. The flanks are laser straight with not even so much as a parking lot ding in the doors and those loooong quarter panels look as clean as the day they popped out of the press. Panel fit is quite good, particularly the doors and trunk, and the nose cone shows the usual wide gaps that were part of the deal. There’s a soft gloss to the paint that you just couldn’t replicate with modern finishes, but at a show you’ll surely have people arguing that it has been restored—it really looks great. All Superbirds received a vinyl top as part of the package; this is undoubtedly the original vinyl top and it’s in fantastic condition with no tears, bubbles, or other signs of distress. Superbirds didn’t get much chrome, but things like the window surrounds and rear bumper are in excellent condition and show you exactly what production chrome looked like in 1970.
The standard black bench seat interior is likewise 100% original, including seat covers, carpets, headliner, and door panels. The seats remain firm and comfortable, the dash pad is unmarked, and even the seat belt webbing remains supple and clean. Some aftermarket floor mats have been added to cover some threadbare areas on the passenger’s side, but that appears to be the lone addition to a passenger compartment that is otherwise exactly as it was in 1970. The trunk is also correctly detailed with its original mat, original F70-14 bias-ply spare tire (a narrow white wall, interestingly enough) and BOTH jacks, which were required for the ‘Bird’s extended beak. Even the original jacking instructions are still clinging to the underside of the trunk lid. Nice!
That is, of course, the original, numbers-matching 440 cubic inch Super Commando V8, and it has never been out of the car. You can see by just how clean the engine bay is that this Superbird has lived an easy life, and while it has been serviced properly over the years, it has never been restored. Recent service includes a full tune-up, fresh hoses, belts, and battery cables, and a rebuilt master cylinder (rebuilt, not replaced!). However, that’s original Hemi Orange engine enamel, factory decals on the various components, and the factory-installed overflow tank perched on the passenger-side inner fender. It starts easily, idles properly, and pulls the car around with genuine authority—that’s why big blocks are so special. It should be bulletproof reliable for decades to come and while survivors are special, this one is also tough so you don’t have to be afraid of driving it. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well this car works; that’s the joy of original cars.
The 375 horsepower 440 is backed by the original, numbers-matching TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission. It seems to ignore all that torque and cranks off smooth upshifts and crisp downshifts when you tickle the throttle. Like the engine, it has been recently serviced and works properly with zero issues save for a little seepage from the rear seal—totally normal and not even serious enough to consider replacing the seal. The factory 8.75-inch rear end still hangs on its original leaf springs and carries 3.54 gears, making this a car that really is user-friendly in the real world. After all, that big block doesn’t need a lot of gear to get this car rolling and it was obviously built for high-speed cruising. The recent service work also included a brand new reproduction dual exhaust system that looks, fits, and sounds right, new shocks, and a new gas tank out back. The brakes were rebuilt and feature new hoses and a new left-front brake caliper. It’s a little dirty underneath but it has never seen winter weather so rust should be a non-issue and aside from surface scale on the heavy iron parts, it’s quite clean. New 235/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials were recently installed.
The car comes with its original Chrysler Corporation Broadcast Sheet, owner's manual, receipts, and a few photos from various points in its past.
The hobby has embraced survivors, and while restored cars can be comforting in their fresh shininess, there’s still nothing that drives better than a car that has never been disassembled. If you’re a Mopar fan with experience, you’ll feel it the moment you slam the door on this Superbird and the way it goes down the road will be especially delightful. Add in the bulletproof pedigree, awesome ownership history, and remarkable preservation and you get a car that stands out in an increasingly crowded field. The wing cars are A-list collectibles, and owning one of the finest unrestored examples in the world will always be special. Call today!
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