It’s always a special treat when we get to see a winged Mopar. That’s why we were pretty excited to see this restored 1970 Superbird and get the opportunity to talk to the owner, Bob Kropp of Arlington, Washington. Bob has had the car since 1982 and it’s been a driving project ever since.
“When I got it, it was basically a 10 year old used car,” Bob explained. “The right rear quarter had been hit by a gravel truck and the nose-cone was bonded to the body.” Bob drove the car like that for a few years and worked on it as he had time and ambition to do so. In its current state, the car was restored during the 2007-2008 time span.
“All of the work you see here was done with the wife’s blessing,” Bob assured us. Which is good, because we find that most people forget how important that step is in a project. This bird is one of 58 units that was produced with a 426 cubic-inch Hemi engine, 4-speed manual transmission and 3.54:1 geared Dana rearend. Of those 58 units, only 33 are known to still exist. “This is the rarest and least made of the possible combinations,” explained Bob.
“This is not a concourse restoration,” he continued. “I drove this car to Alabama in 1999.” Bob took the car to Talladega, Alabama, for a reunion featuring these cars at the motor speedway where they raced. “It was pretty impressive to see 200 of these all in one place.”
We love Bob’s car, and don’t be intimidated by its winged glory, we’d love to see what you guys are driving out there too. If you love it, odds are good that we will too, so shoot us an email with a couple pictures and a little information on your ride, you might just see it here as one of our Street Features. Still a work in progress? Now worries, we’d always like to see a project for our What Are You Working On series.