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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 27th – 31st, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Although Chrysler Corporation’s Plymouth Division beat archrival Ford to market by two weeks with the launch of its sporty Barracuda fastback for 1964, sales were consistently poor for the compact Valiant-based Plymouth compared to the Ford Mustang and later Chevrolet Camaro. Design and development work on the new E-Body Barracuda and its Dodge Division stablemate commenced as early as 1965, with styling led by Chrysler designer John Herlitz and carefully refined to virtual perfection by Carl Cameron. By 1968, prototypes were created and fine-tuned. Released for sale in late 1969 for 1970, the Barracuda and Challenger assumed “instant legend” status.
While the new Barracuda offered a classy, GT-themed experience in standard and luxury Gran Coupe guises, most performance-minded Plymouth buyers opted for the aggressive ‘Cuda. Externally distinguished by a revised rear treatment, the base ‘Cuda carried a standard 383 cubic-inch stick underhood, and the 440 big-block was optional in 375-hp 4-barrel and 390-hp “Six Pack” triple-carb form. The Street Hemi occupied the top tier. Both 440- and Hemi-powered cars were equipped with standard high-performance underpinnings including carefully selected rear leaf springs no additional cost. Interestingly, the easy-to-maintain 440 Six Pack ‘Cuda ran closely with the vaunted Hemi, all at a far lower price point and with easier maintenance and tuning requirements.
Listed in the Chrysler Registry (#263) and accompanied by three (3) build sheets with its all-important Fender Tag decoded in December 2008 by noted Chrysler authority Galen Govier, this outstanding 1970 440 Six-Pack ‘Cuda hardtop is extremely rare today as one of just 902 four-speed cars of its kind built for U.S. sale. Retaining its matching numbers engine mated to an A833 four-speed manual transmission with Hurst Pistol-Grip shifter, this ‘Cuda has been restored from top to bottom with virtually no possible expense spared and it clearly shows. Finished in its factory-specified FC7 In-Violet Hi-Impact paint, this ‘Cuda was factory-equipped with Rallye gauges, a black vinyl roof, dual rear-view mirrors, a Sport hood with “Shaker” scoop and hold-down pins, tachometer, Track Pak, a Sure-Grip 3.54:1 rear axle, rear-window louvers, rear “Go-Wing,” a “Music Master” AM radio, and more.
Built at Chrysler’s Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant and sold new at Teeter’s Motors in Arkansas, the ‘Cuda carries known and verifiable ownership history with copies of prior title documents on file. In addition to its rarity as an original 4-speed car, this ‘Cuda is far more so today with its combination of factory options, making it even more collectible and desirable. Outstanding additional items set this rare ‘Cuda further apart from the rest and are documented in the Galen Govier report on the car, including the typical radiator antifreeze, jack caution and instructional decals, starting and steering column instruction cards, and tire label. Proof of its excellence was gained with multiple show awards, most recently First in Class and the Senior Award at the 2013 Mid-America Old Time Automobile Association show held at the iconic Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. A wicked and very well-equipped performer, this highly documented 1970 440 6-Pack ‘Cuda is of the finest available today, in the best 4-speed form!