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February 22, 1970 – Plymouth Superbird gets first NASCAR win at Daytona 500
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February 22, 1970 – Plymouth Superbird gets first NASCAR win at Daytona 500

Some say the modern era of NASCAR began with the running of the 1970 Daytona 500. By that point, race cars were far less stock than their predecessors as automakers specially designed them for the track. Of course, street legal versions turned up at dealers, as a limited quantity must roll off the assembly lines to qualify for the series. It was one of those limited run cars, an aerodynamic Plymouth Superbird, that chalked its first win at the Daytona 500 ran on this day in 1970. The number 40 car, driven by Pete Hamilton for Petty Enterprises, crossed the finish line three car lengths ahead of David Pearson. An easy win it was not. Nearly 105,000 fans watched the 200 minute race that featured 24 lead changes. Almost a quarter of the race ran under the caution flag, mostly due to b...
December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird
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December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird

The story of the Plymouth Superbird and its development is fairly well-known, so we won't get into heavy details. In brief, it had one job, to dominate NASCAR along with its older sibling, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. While Dodge only had to build 500 Daytonas to be eligible for the 1969 NASCAR season, the sanctioning body changed the rules for 1970 to combat purpose built race cars. For Plymouth, that meant at least 1,920 Superbirds needed to end up on dealer lots to qualify for the track. With a target set, the assembly line churned. Before long workers hit their mark and the last Plymouth Superbird rolled off the assembly line on this day in 1969. Check out the green car below. An ad for a 1970 Plymouth Superbird When all's said and done, somewhere between 1,969 and 1,982 ...
December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird
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December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird

The story of the Plymouth Superbird is fairly well-known, so we won't get into heavy details. But in brief, it was designed and introduced following the on-track success of its older sibling, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, so that Plymouth could race its own highly engineered winged car in NASCAR in 1970. There is also much speculation that Plymouth developed the modified Road Runner to attract Richard Petty back to the team after he moved to Ford. Of course, for the car to be eligible for NASCAR, at least 2,000 units had to be produced for consumer sales, the last of which (according to AeroWarriors.com) was manufactured on this day in 1969. You can see it below. An ad for a 1970 Plymouth Superbird They may not have hit the mark. Chrysler planned to sell approximately 2,783 Superb...

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