Yes those are the familiar lyrics to The Trashmen’s famous Surfin’ Bird hit song that was hilariously exploited by Family Guy. I could go on with all sorts of cliche music references relating to birds… but I’ll skip the embarrassment. In this case however, I’m referring to that simply stunning, 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird pictured above.
We get all sorts of unique variety that show up at a weekly car show I help run back in Mequon, WI. All eyes were drawn to this orange machine with a giant wing, that rolled into the lot. Throughout the years, I’d seen Dodge Charger Daytonas and a few Plymouth Superbirds in magazines, stationary in museums or on TV auctions but never in my life had I come across one in person. My jaw dropped- especially when I found out it was a numbers-matching car and one of 135 made.
Experts at Apex Autosports put this 11,000 mile Road Runner on steroids, through a complete rotisserie restoration. Yummy…Anyone get that? Tough crowd. The “Hemi Orange” paint that flows over the original sheet metal is flawless. Look past its giant wing and big pointy nose underneath the hood where an original massive 426 Hemi sits, pumping out a whopping 425 horsepower. A column-shift, HD727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission helps drive all that power to the rear wheels nestled below that towering spoiler . This Hemi Superbird continues to win awards around the country, including most recently a “1st in Class” and the “Chairmans Award” at this year’s prestigious Pinehurst Concours de Elegance.
One of my favorite parts of the car: the steering wheel’s horn button. Beep beep! (Now only if the horn actually sounded like that).
Let’s take a look at a few more shots of this wonderful beast.