Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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One of these is not like the other. I’m probably the last person on earth to learn this but these two vehicles are actually slightly different. Obviously I’m not up with all of the classic American muscle cars and just assumed the Superbird was a one model affair, turns out I was wrong. Happens all the time according to my wife.

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So the blue cast, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird is not at all the same as the 1969 Dodge Charger. One of the differences according to the Wikipedia page on the Daytona is the use of a sheetmetal nose cone compared to the Superbirds fiberglass nose. I’m not going to go into all the details as its probably no surprise to most but there are quite a lot of different features between the two sister cars.

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I went looking for info on these cars and found this amusing. From the Wikipedia page: “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 trunklid to open freely. It should be noted that by a co-incidence the height of the wing was at the optimum level for maximum downforce

More info here: Plymouth_Superbird

Anyway I’ll leave you with some pictures of the pair and point out any differences between them along the way.

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Man! That nose is high on the Daytona.

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Not sure if this is a cast thing or an actual thing on the 1:1 but the rear wing uprights are set at different angles as seen above. Also the roof shape is not the same on each car.

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Here it’s quite apparent that the rear windows are different between the two cars. The length and width of each cast is slightly different as well.

Anyway that’s all from me for now. Thanks for looking.

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