In muscle car circles, the nickname “Superbird” actually stands for the 1970 Pontiac Roadrunner Superbird. It is considered to be one of the most eye-catching models of all muscle cars due to the bold design of the vehicle. In some ways, it looks like a Corvette. Some parts of it resemble the Charger Daytona by Dodge, and other elements of it are similar to the Chevelle.
The result of the bold design of the Superbird was a very fast vehicle. The Superbird was able to offer a design that got the most benefit out of the aerodynamics. Sticking out of the back end in a square was the skyscraper wing that many felt was an eyesore for a muscle car more than anything else. Still, those using this particular vehicle for racing were more interested in the speed and not the overall look of the vehicle.
Some people find it odd that such a fast vehicle offers a vinyl top. The secret to that, though, is that the Superbird had some flaws due to how the back window was designed. To cut costs, Pontiac did some welding and the results were unattractive. The vinyl top allowed it to be covered up.
In some ways, the Superbird was a passing fad in the world of muscle cars. You won’t find too many of them remaining today. It is hard to find one that is still in good condition that you can buy for a decent price. Ironically, the Superbird sold very slowly when it first came out in 1970.
What most people don’t know is that this specific variation of the Roadrunner was designed specifically for NASCAR and the overall world of racing. It led the way with technology due to using computer analysis and the use of the wind tunnel design. It set the bar high for others to follow and that is part of how the legends of many muscle cars came to be over the years.