Pair of 1970 Plymouth Superbirds Sell for $310,800
Slideshow: These 1970 Plymouth Superbird Road Runner in Alpine White and B5 Blue were the ultimate barn finds that just sold on eBay for a small fortune.
Sold and Sold
The auction party may be over, but we can still appreciate these two classic gems for what they are, especially after learning that they both sold six days ago on eBay for a combined $310,800! In his eBay listing, the owner, who we will refer to as Rusty Jones, informed us that he purchased the pair of 1970 Plymouth Super Birds last month after they sat for over 35 years in dry barn storage. He decided to list both of them separately in eBay despite the fact that he preferred to sell them as a pair.
Stock car racing design
The Plymouth Superbird was a highly modified, short-lived version of the Plymouth Road Runner with well-known graphics and horn sound. It was the factory's follow up stock car racing design for the 1970 season after having used the Dodge Charger Daytona during the 1969 season. The Superbird incorporated many engineering changes and modifications added to the Charger Daytona during the prior season.
A man sat down next to him
While attending an auction at the Owls Head Transportation Museum in August of this year, Rusty bid on and won a 1970 Plymouth Superbird for $187,000. Right after his victory, a man sat down next to him and stated he's had two Superbirds in storage for 40 years. "He told me he purchased them from the original owners. He said one was B5 blue with white bucket seats like the one I just purchased and the other Superbird was an Alpine White with black bucket seats with console auto slapstick."
Not surprisingly, our guy's heart was still racing after just winning the auction at Owls Head and now, he had the almost unheard-of opportunity to buy two more Superbirds that had been stored away in a barn for over 35 years. "He told me he would like to sell both as a pair and that he could show them to me in five days."
He prepared both cars for storage
Both cars had been sold brand new in 1970 at Blouin Chrysler Plymouth Dodge in Augusta Maine, which was just a few miles from the man's home. He remembered the cars on the showroom floor and even knew the two owners who purchased them new. In 1978 he bought both of the cars from those original owners and kept them registered until 1985 and 1987. "He told me he then prepared both cars for storage and put straight antifreeze in both original motors," recalled Rusty. "He also filled the cylinders with Marvel mystery lubricating oil to keep both blocks fresh while in dry storage."
Two birds staring at me
"The day I met with him to see both birds I was so incredibly excited," wrote Rusty who could not believe these cars had been entombed for thirty-five years. "When I pulled into his yard he opened both garage doors and there staring me in the face were the two birds with their eyes looking straight at me, headlights open."
Covered in rubble
"There was so much clutter surrounding both cars we had to move everything out just to look at them. They were covered with decades of barn dirt and dust with rubble all around them as seen above. It appeared as though he did a quick clean up on the white Super Bird at some point prior to my viewing and purchase but it was still very dirty. The blue Bird had not been cleaned... perhaps in decades!"
Rusty purchased both cars
The blue Superbird had 27,416 original miles on it and the white one 42,497. The seller also informed Rusty that he had been around and worked on Mopars for a great part of his life and considered himself very knowledgeable on them. He guaranteed that both motors, transmissions, and rear ends were "day one numbers matching factory for their 1969 original build for the 1970 production." After verifying all build dates, fender tags, and VIN numbers on both cars, Rusty purchased both cars and called for a ramp truck from nearby Augusta, Maine to pick them up.
Into the light of day
The ramp truck hauled both cars out into the light of day for the first time in more than 35 years. The truck brought Rusty's new toys to his island vacation home 35 miles away. "I wanted them home safe," recalls Rusty, who followed the ramp truck to his home. "I can not believe both these cars were entombed just 35 miles from my Maine home... found right in my backyard!" Above you can see them out in the sunshine for the first time in decades.
Back home in Massachusetts
The next day, Rusty had them delivered in an enclosed trailer to his home in Massachusetts and moved them into his barn for the big cleaning process. "I washed both Birds, cleaned the interiors, and vacuumed the carpets, cleaned all the glass and polished the brightwork." This process took many days.
Two Superbirds waiting to leave the nest
Rusty indicates that he has not attempted to get either car in running condition, allowing the new owner to take the right steps to get them up and running again. He was guaranteed that both motors would run with no problems and were turning freely. "They turned freely at his barn," recalled Rusty, "and now at my home, both motors are both turning freely as well." He didn't have time to take them to the next step which is why he is leaving that up to the new owner.
After 96 bids, the white Superbird sold for $150,200. And with 109 bids, the blue one sold for $160,600. With more than $300,000 invested in these two classic Plymouth muscle cars, we hope the new owners, whoever they are, have plans to put these two siblings back on the street where they belong.
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