- All steel
- 350/300 HP engine
- Automatic transmission
- Chopped top
- New glass
- Rack and pinion power steering
- Power disc brakes
- Vintage Air
- Leather interior
While the famous Monterey Car Week is typically associated with multimillion-dollar purebred European sports cars and antique luxury automobiles, Mecum Auctions is bringing a game changer this year in the form of multimillion-dollar muscle—the king of American muscle cars, a rare 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible (Lot F69). The Executive Demonstrator of its designer, John Herlitz, the Hemi Cuda Convertible will be one of many highlights at Mecum’s annual Daytime Auction held at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course on Aug. 13-15.
Never restored and driven just 81 miles over its entire life, this is the lowest-mileage 1970 Hemi Cuda known to exist.
It was special-ordered and purchased new at Shreves Plymouth-Dodge in June 1970 by Bill Reardon of Clarksburg, West Virginia, who was finally buying his dream car at 62 years of age. One of the last 10 Hemi Cudas built in 1970, it was exactly as he imagined it: Tor Red with a Black interior; Torqueflite automatic transmission; Shaker hood with tie downs and color-matching steel wheels with dog-dish hub caps and Goodyear Polyglas GT tires.
Mecum’s first-ever Austin, Texas, collector car auction held this past weekend was well-received by enthusiasts from the live-music capital of the world evidenced by excellent sales results with a near-70 percent sell-through rate and $14,668,347 in total sales. The anticipated offering of 600 vehicles was far exceeded as 660 vehicles crossed the auction block in just two short days, further demonstrating the enthusiasm collectors had for Mecum’s presence in Austin. Putting a cap on the 2014 auction schedule, sales from Austin brought totals for the year to a record $330 million with 76 percent of offered lots sold.
The 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda evolved slightly in design from 1970 with the addition of the fender “gills” and the revised 4-light nose and grille, but the good news is that the mighty 425 horse power 426 cubic-inch hemispherical headed V8 remained unchanged in power
The Cuda (Plymouth Barracuda) came in several different models – 318, 340, 360, 383, 440, 426 Hemi. It was one of the greatest muscle cars ever created. The first was introduced back in 1964 and the production continued to 1974. So, which is the ultimate Cuda? No doubt – The Hemicuda!
Talking about great cars, we should mention the fantastic 1970 Plymouth Hemicuda Giveaway, which you can easily win.
The 1971 Plymouth Viper Custom Cuda is one-of-a-kind thanks to Time Machines. Here are the details:
Engine swaps have been around from the earliest days of motoring. More sophisticated hot rodders pioneered chassis swaps to get more performance and less weight. But rare is the car that can so seamlessly blend two completely different vehicles as seamlessly as this 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible. You see, that body is just an illusion, because underneath it’s a 2001 Dodge Viper, complete with a thundering 450 horsepower V10, 6-speed manual transmission, and fully independent suspension. What’s truly exceptional, however, is how beautifully built the entire car is, and the engineering required is truly mind-boggling. Why, just for starters, note that it’s now a two-seater, just like the Viper, although the proportions of the ‘Cuda body remain unchanged. How cool is that? Read more to find out and check out the large gallery!
Mopar® ‘Top Eliminator’ Program Returns
• 27th Midwest Mopars in the Park kicks off 2011 Mopar® “Top Eliminator” program
• Mopar “Top Eliminator” winners to be named at three events in 2011
• Program recognizes the most skilled Mopar enthusiasts and their restyled or customized vehicles
May 27, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Mopar® “Top Eliminator” program returns for its fifth year, challenging the “best of the best” to produce incredibly accessorized Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth vehicles.
The program rewards the most skilled Mopar enthusiasts and their restyled or customized vehicles in 2011. The winners and their vehicles will be showcased in the Mopar display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nov. 1–4, 2011.
“The ‘Top Eliminator’ program continues to grow and is a favorite among loyal Mopar enthusiasts,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The creativity and workmanship that goes into each entry is second to none. With winners receiving a spot in the Mopar display at the SEMA show, the designs continue to reach new levels every year.” Read more!
Machines come and go, usually becoming the victims of human progress..
Murray Markwell of Southern Customs, in Pakenham Melbourne loves his American Muscle Cars, he also loves having a beer and having a chat. Murray is a walking talking encyclopedia of information about cars and car culture. Bandit Films were happy to go along for the ride and film this old NASCAR behemoth, a true testament to speed, power and money…
Director: Aaron Cuthbert
Director of Photography/ Editing/Colour Grade: Daniel De Silva
Producer/ Photography: Tom Broadhurst
Title: The Outside Man theme music
Composer: Michel Legrand
Read more and watch the video!
One of the most correct muscle car era NHRA record holder in existence, Project Six Pack. Campaigned from 1970-1975 by Struse, Smith & Welsh, the story of Project Six Pack was documented in the pages of “Super Stock” magazine for more than seven years. In total, articles surrounding Project Six Pack appeared in more than 77 magazines through 2002. A 3-time NHRA class record holder, Project Six Pack is one of the most authentic restored 55/A in the world, retaining its original sheet-metal, original glass, original record setting engine, restored Fenton Gyro wheels, Stahl mechanical tachometer and Dana 60 axle.
Restored in 2009 by Best of Show Automotive, the attention to detail on this restored muscle car era drag racer is nothing short of astonishing, from the original Hooker headers, to the painstakingly reproduced lace paint, to the original windshield wipers lying in the trunk, banded together with duct tape. And don’t mention the engine – a 7.2 L V8 monster muscle car heart paired with 4-speed manual transmission.