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July 6, 2009

Gary and Pam Beineke's Awesome 1971 One of None Superbird

By Brian Lohnes


A car feature on a 1971 Plymouth Super Bird? You got it. So what if Mopar never built such an animal, Gary and Pam Beineke did, and this one’s loaded with a 472ci Hemi wth a Six Pack. Yeah, Chrysler never made a Six Pack Hemi, either.

The vaunted “aero wars” in NASCAR came to a crashing halt in 1970 with the announcement by Bill France that all of the “special cars,” or those that had factory aerodynamic enhancements would be limited to a mere 305ci. Fielding a miniscule small-block in a field of big-inch stompers was not going to be productive, so the manufacturers killed their aerodynamic projects and went back to big cars with big frontal areas and big motors to punch through the air.

What gets lost in the mix is the simple fact that everyone, Ford, Chrysler, and GM, had skunkworks programs well in progress for the 1971 season and beyond. Although they were stopped after the announcement, testing had been done and documents created about the wind-tunnel prowess of the cars.

This is where Gary and Pam Beineke come in. Continue reading and see the full photo gallery at BangShift.com


Jul 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm


Jul 6, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Naw….Big Bill rewrote the rule book effectivly banning the Aero cars that Mopar was churning out to win at Daytona. thus the Super Birds and the Daytonas were gonzo. Highly collectible today….but it wasn’t that Ford and Chevy couldn’t keep up. Fact is, Ford already had Areo cars in the works WITH a handful of Cyclone Spoilers and Torino Talledegas rolling. A couple examples are around today to tell the sad tale of a pair of racing legends never realised. Word is Chevy had some concepts under wraps (the Skunkworks mentioned in the article) that were never created due to the NASCAR ban of anything looking areo…
Google Image search the Cyclone Spoiler and Torino Talledega…
Those things are wierd looking, but all the same rarer than all get out.
This Plymouth Superbird….Wow! Wish that had been created by the factory. THat thing is freakin’ Sweet as hell! As unique as it is, as cool as it looks and sounds….there are still those who say things like (different Strokes…ect…” Jeez. I guess you can’t please everybody. (you cant do that to a GTX!!!Blasphame!!)

Whatever! Id take one in a heart beat! I love it!

Jul 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm

very nice. love the entire car.

Jul 6, 2009 at 6:28 pm

nice car i would still take a 70 though. to bad nascar band them cause they were to aerodynamic. or was it cause ford and chevy couldnt keep up with the hemi. i guess we’ll never know

Jul 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm

different strokes for different folks…..

Jul 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm

1st 71 superbird ive ever see. its nice though.

Jul 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I like.

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