Barrett-Jackson countdown: 1970 Plymouth Satellite Superbird re-creation

This 1970 Plymouth Satellite Superbird re-creation will be on the Barrett-Jackson auction block next month. | Barrett-Jackson photos
This 1970 Plymouth Satellite Superbird re-creation will be on the Barrett-Jackson auction block next month. | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: The Journal will be covering all of the action during Arizona Auction Week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Check out our other coverage here.

One car on the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction docket is what the consignor affectionately refers to as the “White Monster” — a 1970 Plymouth Satellite Superbird re-creation that also took an interesting detour, an above-and-beyond restomod process that produced a vehicle with more than 1,300 horsepower.

The consignor’s collection includes the only authentic, 426 HEMI-powered No. 22 Coca-Cola NASCAR racer driven by Bobby Allison.

He liked the stance of the race car and wanted to be able to drive one of his HEMI Mopars on a daily basis, so he instructed his builder to create a car that would be a reliable and fun daily driver. Instead, the builder proved to be as much an artist as a car builder. Over the course of three years, says the consignor, “He built this incredible piece of art that turned out to be a driver.”

Well, maybe for the right owner in the right location.

“I drove it once and it is insane,” the consignor reports.

The car is an absolute, over-the-top, no-expense-spared build with a list of features too long to note here. Highlights that make it a daily driver are an Art Morrison Max-G chassis, 4-point roll cage, and 18-inch front and 20-inch rear Budnik wheels with Mickey Thompson tires. It also has an Octane on Demand dual fuel system feeding its twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum Nelson Racing 572 HEMI “Elephant” either 91-octane or racing fuel to the engine. The engine makes 1,337 horsepower on the dyno.

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The engine has dry dump lubrication and Ron Davis custom radiator and dual SPAL fans. Water-to-air intercoolers are concealed inside the nose cone. There are 13-inch Wilwood brakes at each corner. The rear end is a custom 9-inch Currie Enterprises unit. Strange axles and 3:55 posi-traction are part of the set up.

The paddle-shifted transmission is a race-prepped 4L80E 4-speed automatic.

All body panels were handcrafted. For example, the rocker panels are extended and wrap around for a smooth junction with the frame rails. The underbody has been “cookie” sheeted.

Halogen headlamps hide behind electric-actuated doors. In addition to a Vintage Air heating and cooling system, the interior has a RetroSound audio and Dakota Digital gauges.



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