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Coolest Muscle Car Ever

Updated on November 21, 2015

1970 Road Runner Superbird

In 1970, Plymouth lured Richard Petty back to racing for Plymouth in NASCAR races by building the 1970 Road Runner Superbird. In the Disney Movie "Cars", Richard Petty plays "The King", a Road Runner Super Bird. The Superbird was based upon the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona because when Richard Petty saw it, he wanted something similar. Both Dodge and Plymouth produced just enough of these cars to qualify to race them in stock car racing. It has been estimated a production Superbird could achieve speeds greater than 150 MPH. The race car version could achieve speeds of over 250 MPH.

It was originally rumored that in 1971 NASCAR outlawed both the Road Runner Superbird and Dodge Charger Daytona from racing because they were labeled specialty cars and would be limited to a 305 cubic inch engine. It appears the truth was NASCAR changed the rules about engine sizes that could be used, to keep speeds down, resulting in Plymouth dropping the Superbird since it would not be as competitive with such a small engine. Additionally since tires were not as well designed as today, many terrible crashes were seen in 1970.

In my opinion, the 1970 Road Runner Superbird is the coolest Muscle car ever built.

Quick Facts about the 1970 Road Runner Superbird

also known as the "Winged Warrior" or the "Aero Warrior"

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird

Production Count: 1920, one for each dealership as required by NASCAR.

Top Speed: Production models can achieve greater than 150 MPH.

Top Speed: Race car versions could achieve speeds over 250 MPH.

Length: 226.5 inches, yes, over 18 feet long.

Wheelbase: 117 inches.

List Price: $4,298 (1970).

Current Price: More than $100,000 if in very good condition.

Engines:426 Hemi (475 bhp), 440 Super Commando, 440 Six Barrel

Won 38 of 48 grand national races. Tire failures kept this number at this level.

Drag Coefficient .28(better than most cars)

Reverse hood scoops were needed to support the racing tires is a myth. The scoops reduced drag by venting air from the wheel wells.

First Stock Car to average a 200 MPH lap.

Racing versions could exceed over 250 MPH.

Won 8 races in 1971 and placed very high in the others.

Was recognized as the fastest stock car in the world.

American Muscle Car

Mopar's winged wonders

If you have netflix check out American Muscle Car's Winged Warriors Episode.

Hallmark Superbird Ornament
Hallmark Superbird Ornament

Superbird Christmas Ornament

Actually in honor of Richard Petty.

Who could believe you can even hang a Superbird on your Christmas tree. Nice!

Superbird Art with Legos

I love building stuff, especially with Legos. The picture is of my three different Road Runner Superbird Lego designs.

Road Runner Superbird Resources

There are many wonderful sites and resources online about the Road Runner Superbird and other muscle cars.

Superbirds on the Track - It is pretty cool to see how many people were racing Superbirds.

The lead character in the movie Cars races against "The King" a Road Runner Superbird. - Richard Petty obtained his nickname of "King Richard" in 1967 for his o

Richard Petty also does the voice for "The King" in the Cars movie. I also have a suspicion that the ending of the movie is related to the Greatest NASCAR finish ever, which involved Richard Petty.

The Coolest Muscle Car I Have Owned So Far

1969 Camaro

I had the pleasure of owning a 1969 Camaro for 10 years. It was the car I was supposed to have in High School, but I did not get it until six years after graduation. The 1969 Camaro is the coolest Camaro with a meaner looking body style than a '67, '68, '70 and so on.

More Superbird Racing - Richard Petty's famous #43 Superbird shown in this video.

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Suberbird Products on eBay

Keep an eye out for auctions for Road Runner Superbird items. Occasionally you will see a Road Runner Superbird car posted and the auction will quickly go above $100,000.

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"Conclusion" or "Waiting for my next Muscle car"

Since my '69 Camaro scared my kids when they were little, they thought it was too noisy, and because I could not picture myself handing over the keys to one of them, I sold my Camaro. Maybe when they are teenagers we will build a muscle car for them to use.

I hope those of you who love muscle cars, have been able to get one, hopefully your favorite one.

Thanks, --Todd

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      osciviada 21 months ago

      The data is very useful.

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      stewartcustoms 3 years ago

      Indeed a very cool car. They are capable of close to 200, but I'm not sure if they reach up to 250? Typo maybe? And here's a collection of muscle cars that we have built and restored:

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      TerryNeal 5 years ago

      I love a 1966 mustang convertible ,torn between that and a new corvette.

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      grnidlady 5 years ago

      great lens. once knew someone who owned two of these!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Now that's what I call a car.

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      OOPSY LM 5 years ago

      I've never heard of this car, ever. I'll have to see if my hubby knows about this car, probably does! My fave car is either the Chevelle or Cuda! And the Lime green is amazing on the car for your icon photo!

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      Mosoma 5 years ago

      Cool lens. Thanks.

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      Michelle77 LM 5 years ago

      BOSS 302!

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      heehaw lm 6 years ago

      i did not know about Road Runner Superbird until i visited your lens , great info

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Muscle cars are the best. Great lens!

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      TrebAllen 6 years ago

      @Bluesssman: Ditto ... also had a '69 Camaro ... also sold it ... and also kicked myself many times over. If only. Nice lens!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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      Bluesssman 6 years ago

      I wish I had my 69 Yenko Camaro today! Of all of the cars I have owned, my 69 Camaro was and is my favorite.

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      SyntheticsPlus 6 years ago

      I personally am partial to 2nd Gen Camaros - 1970-1973. I am because I have a 1973 Camaro. I love all Muscle Cars tho!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      426 Hemi Challenger with pistol grip 4 speed.

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      bigk1976 6 years ago

      Thanks- great lens, i love the images - they are really cool (and i just love roadrunner ;-)

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      Muscle cars. Good information. Very nice read. Thank you for making me smile.

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      A great collection of muscle cars that give traveling in it fun and a rich luxurious experience. Most of them might be more suitable for racing though.

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      Love the Muscle cars and love this lens about the Plymouth Roadrunner. Sure was fun riding in those back in the day...those puppies could FLY! Blessed by a Squid Angel today.

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      These cars are fab. Hemroids are not good for us.

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      nice lens and beautiful cars! nice!

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      Luigina Crivello 8 years ago

      I love muscle cars! My first car was a 67 Firebird that I'm currently restoring.

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      glenbrook 8 years ago

      Nice lens. I love Mopars. I had a 70 Barracuda in high school, then like an idiot I sold it. Who ever new they would get so rare? Currently have a Slant Six powered Valiant Wagon and a 66 Barracuda that is in the process of being upgraded to a 408 small block / 5 speed stick.

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      EricStifel 8 years ago

      I would have to agree, that is one of the greatest cars ever built and your Lens is awesome. As far as how to choose the greatest muscle car made by an American Manufacturer, they all have highlights that stick out. MOPAR gets huge KUDOS, by all means. 426 Hemi, need I say any more?

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      WorldTravelers916 9 years ago

      that road runner is from Joe Dirt hah!

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      petergrizzly lm 9 years ago

      I have yet to see a Superbird in real life. Are they produced in so limited numbers? For now, I'll settle with my Mustang and T-bird. :)

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      Robert_Wisconsin_preowned 9 years ago

      "For me, the Road Runner Superbird is still the coolest car in the world"

      I agree. The ones you have from flickr look great! Thanks for the post! I surely enjoyed it!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice lens! 5 stars given! :)

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      dindine 9 years ago

      My son says.. "It's Mr. The King"

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      MayQueen 9 years ago

      For me, the Road Runner Superbird is still the coolest car in the world & I just would love to have every pictures of it! I have my own collection of different NASCAR machines in one album and I even have my own Nascar personal checks ! Would you believe that?! Thanks for the Road Runner Superbird revival lens, man! Cool lens!

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      QuantumTraveler1 9 years ago

      Your info about Richard Petty and NASCAR I found very interesting. Thanks for making this lens. I enjoyed it.

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      christineross97 9 years ago

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      1970 Roadrunner Superbird is the very definition of the Mopar racing legacy. There is no mistaking the look of the Chrysler-built early muscle machines, and they are certainly a favorite of mine. If you get a chance, check out my lens at http://www.squidoo.com/reedbrothersdodge and rate it if you are so inclined. Thanks and keep up the GREAT work!

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      Rossman LM 9 years ago

      Nice Muscle Car Lens. 5-Star *****

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      kathysuggests 9 years ago

      Great Lens, a 5star from me. I am about to modify my 69 camaro to give it a frash look and your lens has surprisingly convinced me to keep its original look, also see similar valuable info at Auto Zone. However I would give it a resh look by some little modyfications.

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      How about Run Your Car On Water? Ever consider this technology?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi Todd, great lens but fundamentally flawed sadly.

      I mean..great title but the subject?? Surely any of the 'Vetttes from '53 - '08 could eat this sucker? LOL.

      Seriously; it's a great lens bud, thanks very much

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      Great job.Nice pictures.5 stars.Whenever buying a car we must think about Extended warranty. Extended warranty works similarly as auto insurance.I found an interesting site .

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      ols 9 years ago

      Cool lens.

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      YouCanCallMeDan 9 years ago

      I do love the Superbirds but I still think a '69 Chevelle wins as the coolest muscle car ever ;)

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      Stephen Carr 9 years ago from Corona, CA

      Yeah that is a great car!

      Enjoyed the lens.

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      GreenRevolution 9 years ago

      Hi Todd. I'm a car enthusiast and think your lens is very cool. 5 STARS! If you have a chance, please drop by my lens Improve Gas Mileage with Halo Spark Plugs (Used by Cities & Police). Cheers!

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      dlegal lm 9 years ago

      I'm not sure about calling the coolest muscle car but it definitely is the most unique.

      Check out my lens on the 1970 Plymouth Superbird

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      dlegal lm 9 years ago

      I'm not sure about calling the coolest muscle car but it definitely is the most unique.

      Check out my lens on the 1970 Plymouth Superbird

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      dlegal lm 9 years ago

      I'm not sure about calling the coolest muscle car but it definitely is the most unique.

      Check out my lens on the 1970 Plymouth Superbird

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      dlegal lm 9 years ago

      I'm not sure about calling the coolest muscle car but it definitely is the most unique.

      Check out my lens on the 1970 Plymouth Superbird

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      dlegal lm 9 years ago

      I'm not sure about calling the coolest muscle car but it definitely is the most unique.

      Check out my lens on the 1970 Plymouth Superbird

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      NorDac LM 9 years ago

      Great lens. Nice choice of subject. I didn't know much about that one before coming to this lens.

      You might like my lens on Kool April Nites. No Road Runners entered last year though. :( (at least that I seen, 2300 cars in this show)

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      Nice lens. Great info.

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      driewe 9 years ago

      Awesome, great lens on muscle cars. 5 stars. under 5k, yeah I remember those days, vaguely, was about 6 and would see the prices on commercials

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      Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      My last entry got cut off, so I thought I'd try again! Love your lens, lensrolled you to my Retro Loco lens. Retro ROCKS!

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      IMakeMoneyOnline 9 years ago

      excellent lens. i am a big fan of muscle cars, so much that i even set up a website for them lol

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      j.wilson 9 years ago

      Great lens. Keep up!

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      Rossman LM 9 years ago

      Cool Lens on Muscle Cars. I remember those Superbirds. I prefer Rat Rods, myself. please see Rat Rods For Sale-Ross-

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      kurtdaniel 9 years ago

      Nice site!!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      We have a 70 Chevelle. 5* lens!

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      Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      (my blurb keeps getting cut off.) Gave you a lensroll

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      Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      (cont)Mustangs

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      Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      Love this lens. Love old cars, especially Corvettes, Mustangs

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      davidz 10 years ago

      Great lens. My son is a car guy. He has a 1965 GTO and clued me in on just what an incredible car the superbird is.

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      catch-cheating 10 years ago

      great lens, very interesting , i love that car, give you five.

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      scubaguy 10 years ago

      This is a GREAT lens topic. 5 stars. I had a '67 Chevelle SS 396 so I am partial to that car. Please visit my lens on photo radar and red light cameras.

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      InsuranceCompany 10 years ago

      Very nice lens! 5 stars.

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      Rusty Quill 10 years ago

      Great lens - gave you my high 5, one of my favorites is the '67 Camero, although you have some fine cars featured it would be hard to pick a favorite.

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      This brought back 5 star memories. Keep up the great work! All the Best, Karen at Karen's Kinkade Art Store

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      Highwaystar LM 10 years ago

      Hey Todd, you've got a cool lense thanks for sharing. I've owned a string of crazy performance street

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      AtHomeSource LM 10 years ago

      VERY Nice lens! 5 stars all the way

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      HighPerformanceC 10 years ago

      Welcome to my

      High Performance Cars Group! This lens is truly deserving of a 5-star rate!

      Be it a muscle car, a concept,or a high performance car, we all are definitely.. Macho Movers on the Road! Thanks for this awesome lens!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Thanks for the info and pix. I'm an Olds fan - my best Cutlass so far was a 71 square body with the 350 Rocket engine. Sweet car.