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71 Superbird
Posted by tachyonbb on Sunday, November 04, 2018 12:26 PM

I know that Plymouth was looking at having a 71 Superbird and I have the MPC 71 Roadrunner (and the tri wing (Red Baron) Charger. I have been researching what was done before the project was dropped. In the book Muscle Car in Detail 70 Superbird they mention a couple phantoms made by Gary Beineke. It mentioned a John Herlitz designed Astro-tone dash. Does anyone have any info on the dash?  Google searches turned up nothing. 

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Posted by tachyonbb on Monday, November 12, 2018 11:37 AM

Thanks, that was a very interesting and informative article. 

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Posted by OldTallDad on Monday, November 12, 2018 12:52 PM

tachyonbb

Thanks, that was a very interesting and informative article. 

 

 
You're welcome; the next question I have is "Did it answer your question?"
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Posted by Tim Boyd on Sunday, November 18, 2018 8:41 AM

I did an article on the MPC 1971 SuperBird almost twenty years ago or so; I don't recall if it appeared in Scale Auto, Car Modeler, the Car Modeler annual, or elsewhere, although it was definitely in a Kalmbach pub of some sort.  

In that article I referred to a detailed book that featured the Superbird and Daytona, and included some information on the stillborn 1971 versions.  There was also, at one, time, a series of internet-based posts that showed actual photos of the scale wind tunnel models undergoing testing for the 1971 race season until NASCAR pulled the plug on all those aero cars.  

My takeaway was that the MPC kit represented a pretty accurate replica of one of the actual 1971 versions, and probably was a very good forecast of how a real production line/for retail sale 1971 Superbird would have appeared.   

If I run across the old article, I'll return here and post the info; if anyone else recalls the article and where it appeared, please post that info here.  

Good luck with the project, it sounds pretty cool!   TIM 

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Posted by tachyonbb on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 1:48 PM

The dash in the 71 MPC kit   was the standard Rallye dash found on road runner's and charger's during the 71 (and I think 72+ years).  I have seen the wind tunnel photographs.  I wonder what NASCAR would have become had the "oil crisis" and insurance upcharges had not happened.  It would have been scary fast. 

 

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