1970 Plymouth Superbird - #43 Richard Petty (MIC) 1/18
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The annals of NASCAR racing are rich with Mopar history and tradition from the time of the runs of Chryslers in the very first NASCAR race at the old Charlotte Speedway dirt track on June 19, 1949 by Jimmy Thompson and Frank Smith to the final Buddy Arrington run in a Chrysler on June 2, 1985 at Riverside, California. In between those two events, the Chrysler round track drivers were very much in the thick of things and dominated the circuit at various times.
The 1970 season saw the introduction of the Plymouth Road Runner SuperBird and a season where super speedways were dominated by the Daytonas and SuperBirds. Due to a NASCAR rule change for 1970, Plymouth had to build one SuperBird for every two Plymouth dealerships, about 1935 units, as compared to 500 units for the Charger 500 and Charger Daytona in 1969. (the number of SuperBirds produced is believed to be about 1935, and the number of Daytonas produced is believed to be about 503. Even Chrysler does not know for sure how many of each model was produced). The 1970 season also saw the first of something that has continued until today--restrictor plate racing as speeds then at Talladega and Daytona neared the 200 MPH mark. For 1970, Richard Petty and Petty Enterprises returned to the embracing arms of Mother Mopar. About the change back to Plymouth, Richard Petty is quoted by Greg Fielden as saying: "Guess you can say that we're headed back home. It'll be like rejoining family. The big reason is the new SuperBird. We feel Plymouth now has a car that will get the job done on the big tracks. Before, we felt like we were at a big disadvantage on the super-speedways." "We had a one year contract with Ford which was renewable," he continued. "We chose not to renew it. The deal we have with Chrysler calls for us to run two cars on the superspeedways and one car on all the smaller tracks. I will run the car on the short track and go for the point title." Pete Hamilton drove the other Petty Plymouth on the superspeedways.
Fielden quoted the general manager of the Chrysler-Plymouth Division, Glenn E. White, as saying that he was extremely happy to have Petty back "home". White said that, "Flags at over 3,400 dealer show rooms have been flying at half-staff since Petty left us a year ago. Now they are at full staff."
Pete Hamilton drove the Petty Plymouth Road Runner SuperBird to victory in the Daytona 500. Interestingly, a big red triangle was painted on the nose of Hamilton's Petty Blue #40 SuperBird. The red was painted on the car so that the crew could more easily distinguish between the cars in their stable as they sped toward them on pit road.
On May 9, 1970, at Darlington, Richard Petty suffered major injuries in an accident that is arguably the worst of his career while driving his Road Runner. He had wrecked his SuperBird in practice and was driving his short track Road Runner that his crew had gone back to the shop in Level Cross, North Carolina to retrieve.
This 1:18 scale replica is one of the most recognizable racing cars in the history of Nascar. With only 3000 pcs being produced, these replicas won't last long! Each car is randomly serialized with a number on the chassis and will come in a special printed window box.
MIC No. 401613193 - 29331