These “Super” cars for Super Tuesday get our vote
Today is Super Tuesday, the largest single day of the presidential primary in the United States, when 14 states vote and American Samoa will hold its caucus. After many Americans cast their ballots on Super Tuesday, we recommend delving into this fine list of “super” cars, at least according to their names.
Perhaps the most recognizable Plymouth ever built, the 1970 Superbird featured a nose cone, flush rear window glass, and a tall wing like its Charger Daytona cousin. The Superbird won 20 of the 48 NASCAR races of the 1970 season, and a 1969 Road Runner managed another checkered flag for Plymouth, yet it was Dodge driver Bobby Isaac that took home the driver championship and Dodge that also nabbed the manufacturer’s title that year.
Chevrolet’s Super Sport badge
Chevrolet first used the Super Sport name on a one-off Corvette racer, but it would first come to production on the 1961 Impala. After that it appeared on the Nova, Camaro, Chevelle, Malibu, Monte Carlo, Silverado, Trailblazer, Cobalt, and even SS by itself as the name for the Holden-sourced V-8 sedan sold in the U.S. from 2014-2017.
Pontiac Super Chief
The Pontiac Super Chief was positioned between the base Chieftain and the Star Chief, all of which were below the top-of-the-line Bonneville. The Super Chief trim was retired after the 1958 model year, but Pontiac would return with Super Duty engines in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Ferrari has used the Superamerica name on four separate models, the 410 Superamerica, the 400 Superamerica, the limited-production 2005 Ferrari Superamerica, and a variant of the 599 GTB. The brand has also used the Superfast moniker for multiple V-12-powered grand tourers, the 500 Superfast and the current 812 Superfast.
The 1957 Buick Super featured a 300-horsepower, 364-cubic-inch Nailhead V-8, making it one of the most powerful cars of its era. It rode on the C-body chassis with a longer wheelbase than the B-body Buick Special and Century. Like the Century, it had four Ventiports on the fender, but you can identify them by their unique roofline.
Did we leave out one of your favorite “Super” cars? Feel free to expand on our list in the comments below.