Mecum: 1970 Superbird Richard Petty NASCAR

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Mecum: 1970 Superbird Richard Petty NASCAR

Post by scottm » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:37 pm

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1970 Plymouth Superbird Richard Petty NASCAR
The Car Built to Lure Petty Back to Plymouth
https://www.mecum.com/lots/PA0819-37996 ... ty-nascar/
Lot S96 Harrisburg 2019 July 31-Aug 3

Engine: 426 CI
Trans: 4-Speed
Color: Blue
Interior: Black

Highlights

* Factory backed race car
* Driven by 'The King' Richard Petty
* Famous Petty Wing Car confirmed by Richard Petty as his 1970 Superbird
* The car built to lure Richard Petty back to Plymouth
* Designed to contest Superspeedway and other big oval races for the 1970 season
* Richard Petty scored 18 race wins and 31 top 10 finishes in 1970
* Restored at Petty Enterprises using original or NOS parts
* Engine restored by Maurice Petty and his son, Timmy Petty
* Original or NOS sheet metal inventory supplied by Petty Enterprises
* Suspension tuned by Petty Enterprises to be able to run 193 ½ MPH at Talladega & Daytona
* Original and correct rivet holes in the floorboard to match photos from 1970
* Petty Enterprises hand fabricated arch under shifter matching photos from 1970
* Richie Barz and Dale Inman of Petty Enterprises have also verified this car's provenance
* Ray Nichels chassis
* Petty Enterprises 426 Hemi V-8 engine
* 4-speed manual transmission
* Rare Petty Blue paint
* 8 ¾ rear end
* Tachometer and gauges
* Goodyear racing tires
* Appeared as feature character “Strip 'The King' Weathers” in the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars”
* Album of restoration photos included

The Plymouth Superbird was only legal in NASCAR for one season, and this example is Richard Petty’s No. 43 car from that year. Drawing upon the Dodge Charger Daytona, the Superbird package was released to get “King Richard” back into a Plymouth after the team had switched to Ford for 1969. Indeed, only a midseason mishap kept Petty from winning the 1970 championship, as this car and his others scored 18 race wins and 31 top 10 finishes for him that season. Verified by its Ray Nichels chassis and original Petty construction, this car was first believed to have been the version raced by teammate Pete Hamilton until further research proved it to be Petty’s own. The restoration was performed at Petty’s Garage using original or NOS parts, with the engine built by Maurice Petty and his son, Timmy Petty. Original or NOS sheet metal inventory was also supplied by Petty Enterprises, and the car’s race suspension has been tuned by Petty’s racing staff to potentially run at 200-plus MPH on today’s superspeedways. Among the verification was identifying original, correct rivet holes in the floorboard matching 1970-era photographs. Richard Petty later hand-fabricated the arch under the shifter to match photos from 1970. Original crew members Richie Barz and Dale Inman of Petty Enterprises have visually confirmed this car as well. Under the hood of this legendary wing is a Petty Enterprises 426 Hemi V-8 engine with NASCAR intake, Holley carburetor and cowl-induction scoop. This is backed with a 4-speed manual transmission and Dana rear end. The exterior has the noted Superbird components, all painted in Petty Blue with No. 43 lettering and decals. Inside is the Nichels-built cage, taped steering wheel, Hurst shifter, tachometer, gauges and associated correct NASCAR equipment. Goodyear racing tires on steel wheels finish it off. Restored by Petty’s Garage and signed by Richard himself, this may be the most famous Superbird of all and the most notable car residing in the Werner collection. This is the single most recognized automobile in American racing history.
More Photos: http://www.thehemi.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=15228

This has to be one of the most cool cars you can possibly own.
Whoever wins this is going to have an amazing piece of history.
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Re: Mecum: 1970 Superbird Richard Petty NASCAR

Post by scottm » Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:12 pm

The bidding reached $3.5M but didn't meet the reserve.
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Re: Mecum: 1970 Superbird Richard Petty NASCAR

Post by George » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:04 am

be nice to have...

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Re: Mecum: 1970 Superbird Richard Petty NASCAR

Post by scottm » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:24 am

Should I fire up a GoFundMe account? :)
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