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Hotwheels, 1970 Plymouth Superbird

by Peter
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I don’t have many Hotwheels yet but one I just had to have was this Hotwheels version of the 1970 Plymouth Superbird

This is a late issued model and from 2012, I’m not completely up on my Hotwheels numbering system but according to a few Hotwheels website this is number 8/10, It is from the 2012 Hot Wheels Muscle Mania-MOPAR Series.

Nice bright colour and good detailing.

The real car

Developed specifically for NASCAR racing, the Superbird, a modified Road Runner, was Plymouth’s follow-on design to the Charger Daytona fielded by sister company Dodge in the previous season. The Charger 500 version that began the 1969 season was the first American car to be designed aerodynamically using a wind tunnel and computer analysis, and later was modified into the Daytona version with nose and tail. The Superbird’s smoothed-out body and nosecone were further refined from that of the Daytona, and the street version’s retractable headlights (made of fiberglass) added nineteen inches to the Road Runner’s original length. The rear wing was mounted on tall vertical struts that put it into less disturbed air thus increasing the efficiency of the downdraft that it placed upon the car’s rear axle. For nearly 30 years the mathematic formula used to determine the exact height of the enormous wing was thought to be a highly guarded Chrysler secret. However, in the 1990s a retired Chrysler project engineer admitted publicly that the height was determined in much simpler fashion: it was designed to provide clearance for the trunk lid to open freely. The rear-facing fender scoops were to hide cut outs in the hood. These cutouts were thought to allow wheel clearance due to the lowered height of the car for NASCAR, but in reality the NASCAR tire was wider than the cutout and the scoop itself. Therefore there was no room for tire clearance. The scoop were actually for ventilating trapped air from the wheel wells in order to facilitate reduced under fender air pressure and lift. Ground clearance was 7.2″.

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