Dodge Daytona And Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production And Competition by Steve LehtoDodge Daytona And Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production And Competition by Steve Lehto

Dodge Daytona And Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production And Competition

bySteve Lehto

Hardcover | February 4, 2016

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In the fiercely competitive world of NASCAR, every manufacturer was looking for a competitive edge. Ford and Chrysler turned their attention to the aerodynamics of their race cars, resulting in a brief era affectionately called the Aero Wars. During the height of this competition, Chrysler and Ford produced, among other things, cars with radically altered grilles and tail sections. Mandated by series to produce production versions, these exotic beasts became some of the most costly, creative, and collectible machines ever assembled in Detroit, whether in race trim or in stock street trim.

Author Steve Lehto gives a thorough and detailed account of the history of this battle that culminated with the final wars between the Ford Talladega/Mercury Cyclone and the Dodge Daytona/Plymouth Superbird. The story of Richard Petty's defection from Plymouth, the mighty Hemi, and the creation of the street version of these cars all come to light in this all-encompassing tale of Chrysler climbing the ladder to NASCAR supremacy.

Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production and Competitiondelivers a blow-by-blow account of the biggest races between FoMoCo and Chrysler, along with telling the rich stories of the development of these cars. If you are a fan of NASCAR, or just love outrageous muscle cars, this richly detailed and well-illustrated account of a fascinating era of performance will be a valued addition to your library.

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Title:Dodge Daytona And Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production And CompetitionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.5 inPublished:February 4, 2016Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Doug Schellinger 



Chapter 1:

NASCAR: Early Days 

The Emergence of Professional Drivers 

NASCAR and Bill France 

Detroit Hosts NASCAR 

Grand National Circuit 

Daytona Speedway 

Factory Teams 


Chapter 2:

Enter the Hemi 

Image Maker 

Dyno Testing 

Track Testing 

1964 Daytona 500 

Chrysler and Ford Boycott NASCAR in 1965 

John Pointer&s Big Influence 


Chapter 3:

The Charger 

Show Car Descendant 

Performance Issues and Solutions 

A Body for Speed 

Interior Upgrades 

1967 Race Events 

1968 Race Events 


Chapter 4:

The Charger 500 

Styling Lessons 

Handling Challenges 

The Road to Homologation 

The Public Unveiling 

Points Competition 

Rules Changes 

Petty in a Ford? 

Nichels Engineering Cars 

Changing Attitudes 

1969 Race Events 


Chapter 5: The Charger Daytona

Radical Design 

Innovative Build Team 

Testing at Chelsea 

Styling Opinions 

Assembly and Final Testing 

Impact in the Marketplace 

Talladega Superspeedway 

1969 Race Events 

Factory Future 


Chapter 6:

The Superbird 

Aerodynamic Engineering 

Petty Approves 

1970 Race Events 

Factory Espionage 


Chapter 7:

The Winged Cars in Full Flight 

1970 Race Events 

Season Totals 

End of an Era 


Chapter 8:

The Ban 

Chrysler Retreats 

Sales Numbers Dwindle 

USAC and Wings 

The Wedge Takes Over NASCAR 

Wings Return 


Chapter 9:

Collecting Survivors 

A 1969 Hemi Charger Daytona 

An Original Superbird 

A Vitamin C &Bird