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Hitting the final stretch of the restoration, Mark used local parts store parts (such as radiator hoses, spark plug wires, heater hoses, and a battery) to finish the project. Mark also added radial tires for the rolling stock of the Superbird. Several of his friends gave him grief about the parts stating the Superbird was too close to perfect to plunk over-the-counter generic parts on it, so Mark made the decision to get the correct date coded reproduction parts for the Superbird. This was a hefty financial undertaking, but the results are phenomenal. With the correct parts installed, an uneventful Easter 2015 trip was the first time the Superbird had been powered by the 440 on the street since 1998.
Mark’s original intent was to have a nice running vehicle that he and his wife could enjoy while hitting the local car shows. With some urging of a few friends, Mark entered his Superbird in a regional Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) event in Charlotte, NC, at Spring Autofair 2015. The Superbird showed so well that it won its class, and Mark was presented with an AACA junior award. With the AACA Junior badge affixed to the Superbird, Mark entered a national AACA event in Hershey, PA, at the Fall Show 2015, and again the Superbird won its class and earned an AACA Senior award and badge. With just about a calendar year passing since winning the AACA Senior Award, Mark brought the Superbird to the AACA Grand National event in Williamsport, PA, located on the Penn College campus where the Superbird placed second in class in an extremely tough class.
With all the awards the 72K-mile Superbird has netted, what do Mark and Janet aspire to do with the Superbird in the future? Their plans are to keep the Superbird original (except for the Magnum 500s and radial tires for street driving), but they intend to drive the ‘Bird to their favorite local car shows and attend the best Mopar shows around the Mid-Atlantic and East coast of the United States. Principally, they plan to enjoy their rare white aero car that has been personalized to perfection with hand-picked factory produced and date-coded parts.
Is this the secret to Mark and Janet’s enduring happiness? Just like the glee of a child with a handful of Oreos and a cold glass of milk, owning an aero era winged Mopar brings bliss to the young at heart. Got wing?