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Unrestored, Undriveable 1970 Plymouth Superbird Sells for $203,000 – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

Unrestored, Undriveable 1970 Plymouth Superbird Sells for $203,000 – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings


Sale comes amid sharp jumps in Superbird prices

Estate sales and country auctions typically offer bargains for anybody willing to step away from the limelights of headline-grabbing auctions dedicated to collector cars. Then again, Mopar’s wing cars seem like they’ll sell for noteworthy prices regardless of the venue, as we saw when an unrestored 1970 Plymouth Superbird sold for more than $200,000 over the weekend.

According to Terence N Teeter’s obituary, the NASCAR and Mopar fan who lived in West Alexandria, Ohio, “could and would work on just about anything,” but with a CNC business to run, he always had “a lot of incomplete projects around the old homestead.” Many of those projects were vintage Hemi V-8s – he had at least eight Red Rams, 331s, and other first-generation Hemis in various states of assembly – though he also had a disassembled 383-powered 1966 Dodge Charger undergoing restoration as well as the Superbird.

According to its fender tag and its broadcast sheet, the B5 Blue Superbird came from the factory with a 390hp 440 Six-Barrel engine, Pistol Grip-shifted four-speed manual transmission, 3.54-geared Dana 60, heavy-duty suspension, bucket seats, white vinyl interior, and black vinyl top. Of the 1,935 Superbirds built, 308 came with the Six Barrel/four-speed combination. At some point it had lost its fender scoops and had its nosecone molded to the front fenders, but little seems known about the car prior to when Teeter, then 22 years old, bought it in 1981 with 27,000 miles on it. He got to put another 9,000 or so miles on the odometer before parking it to take the intake and heads off the 440.

Photos of the Superbird show much of the car intact but in need of some work. Aside from the disassembled engine, the front bucket seats have significant rips at the seams while the hood is missing much of its paint. “We believe we have everything,” the auction listing claimed.

Teeter, his wife Susan, and their son Ben all died within two weeks of each other from COVID complications in December 2021, leading to this weekend’s estate sale conducted by Kirby Lyons Auctioneers in Greenville, Ohio. While chatter among the wing car community made it seem like the Superbird could sell for well below market value, hope for a bargain seemed to vanish once bidders filled the Kirby Lyons facility. Bidding opened at $50,000 and quickly ramped up to $170,000. Disbelief among the crowd seemed to start around the $185,000 mark, with the car ultimately selling for $203,000.

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Owner of Hurricane Ian-Flooded Plymouth Superbird and Dodge Charger Daytona: “Storm Tried to Take Me” – Andrei Tutu @CarVibz


Video from Douglas Thron

As Florida, North, and South Carolina are currently engaged in a super-sized recovery following the now-weakening Hurricane Ian, we get to revisit the case of the 1970 Plymouth Superbird and 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona that got flooded by the storm. Mike, the owner of the muscle cars, tells the story of how the disaster pulled the vehicles out of their garage and also tried to sweep him away as the man attempted to save the vehicles.

After taking out Cuba’s entire power grid, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday, as a Category 4 storm, which meant winds of up to 150 mph. The storm reached South Carolina on Friday, being downgraded to a post-tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center. The NHS currently classifies Ian as a post-tropical cyclone, albeit with the storm still being predicted to cause issues in the Central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic—flood watches have been introduced in Virginia and West Virginia.

All in all, Hurricane Ian was one of the most powerful storms to have ever affected the U.S., killing at least 20 people and generating billions of dollars in damage. And with Florida being home to countless high-end vehicles, many of these were flooded by the storm—the surge was so vicious, that it pulled the Superbird and the Daytona, two of the most iconic muscle cars ever, off four-post platforms, with the vehicles sitting over six feet high inside their garage.

Mike was close to getting taken away by the storm surge

As Mike, who is turning 70 soon, explains in an interview for cinematographer Douglas Thron, he was “downstairs” when the flood hit the garage, attempting to save the vehicles.

The man recalls how the water started tipping the cars over, at which point the surge also threatened to take him away. That’s when Mike, who had taken another Superbird and Daytona to safety in preparation for the storm, knew he had to let go of the situation, so he disengaged.

The collector saw the classics getting dragged out of their garage and tumbled around, with the Plymouth being unfortunate enough to land on its vinyl roof after hitting a structure.

The man believes that the nose cones of the aero cars, whose unconventional shape brought NASCAR glory back in the day, broke the stream of water and prevented the cars from being taken all the way into the nearby bay. He’s probably referring to the Caloosahatchee River and, if we remember how Hurricane Ian pulled a McLaren P1 out of its garage and ironically placed it on top of a toilet seat, we’re glad these muscle cars remained close to their home.

Fortunately, Mike escaped the situation uninjured and, as previously stated by one of his relatives, it seems that nobody in his family was physically hurt by Hurricane Ian.

The current situation in Florida

As the two men discuss in the YouTube video below, somebody appearing to be an emergency rescuer intervenes, warning them about a 6 PM curfew imposed to prevent criminal acts such as looting, as the area, along with many others, still hasn’t seen power being restored.

In addition, Mike explains that having somebody over to flip the Superbird back onto its wheels and remove the rare, uber-expensive pair from the street has proven impossible so far—we presume that, with emergencies being prioritized and many roads being affected, getting to the area from outside is a serious challenge.

And while the Internet seems to be torn between feeling for these enthusiasts who hard their machines ruined and pointing the finger at them for having multiple days to remove the vehicles and not doing it, one thing is clear: the clean-up operation is anything but facile.

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