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Superbird Sold for $480,000

by Bill Cawthon on

A 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird fetched a winning bid of $480,000 at the Mecum Auction in Houston on Saturday. It was the second-highest selling price of the day, beaten only by a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton that brought $500,000.


Lot No. S105 was one of 58 Superbirds built with the 426 CID/425 horsepower Hemi with dual four-barrel carburetors, a factory 4-speed manual transmission and the A33 Dana 60 Track Pack, which included a 3.54 rear axle.

The B5 Blue Fire Metallic car is equipped with power steering, power brakes with disks up front, the Hurst pistol-grip shifter, Rallye instrument cluster with the Tic-Toc-Tach and 15-inch Rallye wheels with Goodyear GT F60-15 tires. The car has the black vinyl top that was a Superbird standard and a black interior with white bucket seats.

The original factory build sheet is included. The car’s serial number shows it was one of the last Superbirds built, leaving the factory on December 16, 1969.

This is the second day that a Mopar has gone for big bucks. On Friday, a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was the top draw at $110,000.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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