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    1970 Plymouth Barracuda Gran Coupe Hemi Convertible

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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.

    Ever since its debut for the 1970 model year, the all-new “E-Body” Plymouth Barracuda remains an unqualified icon from the heady days when American big-block muscle cars reigned supreme. With distinctive and muscular styling, a trim 108-inch wheelbase and most importantly, an engine bay capable of accommodating the entire Chrysler engine line, the Barracuda was now available with the fabled 426 “Hemi” engine as a factory-available retail option for adrenaline-seeking buyers intent on ruling the street and strip with equal levels of sheer pavement-pounding brutality.

    Not for the faint of heart, the Hemi ‘Cuda was priced to match as Plymouth’s top high-performance car for 1970, at a stiff premium of $871 over the basic ‘Cuda’s $3,164 starting price. While the functional and highly menacing “Shaker” hood scoop was standard on the Hemi, the heavy-duty four-speed manual transmission cost a further $194, while heavy-duty underpinnings with carefully selected rear leaf springs carried no additional cost. Only 652 Hemi ‘Cuda hardtops and 14 convertibles were originally produced for 1970 and today, all examples are highly coveted and horribly expensive to purchase, creating a huge supply/demand gap. Accordingly, today’s enthusiasts seeking the ultimate power trip have retrofitted Hemi engines into original Barracuda bodies to continue the Hemi legend.

    Built at Chrysler’s Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant on December 10, 1969, this 1970 Plymouth Barracuda convertible was factory-equipped with the upscale Gran Coupe trim level and appointments. According to Fender Tag decoding by Chrysler expert Galen Govier, this original 230-horsepower, 318-powered car was finished in Rallye Red with white and black Premium interior and very well-equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission, Hurst Pistol Grip shifter, vinyl buckets, Elastomeric bumpers, Rallye instruments, wood grain console, dual outside mirrors, a Music Master AM radio, and a chrome luggage rack on the rear decklid.

    A nut-and-bolt, total restoration to factory specifications, including factory-style inspection marks, was recently performed on this low-mileage Barracuda. Performance is a quantum leap over that of the original powertrain with installation of a professionally rebuilt 426 Hemi V-8, 18-spline 4-speed manual transmission, and Dana rear end with 4.10 gears and Sure-Grip. Vintage Hemi carburetors provide induction. Importantly, the engine is a properly date-coded Hemi (1-26-70), accompanied by a dyno-test sheet, and both the 4-speed transmission and rear end are from 1970. Other upgrades include leather seat upholstery. Just 38,640 original miles, including 11 miles since completion, have been traveled in all by this incredible Barracuda. Proof of the Barracuda’s excellence was confirmed with the achievement of several First Place show trophies, including the Las Vegas 50th Anniversary of the 426 Hemi show in April 2014. As offered, this amazing Barracuda is accompanied by a factory build sheet, odometer disclosure, the original Ohio title document, and it retains the original Fender and Dash Tags. A VIN-decoding report by Galen Govier completes the vehicle’s excellent documentation. As offered, this Hemi-powered 1970 Barracuda Gran Coupe convertible stands as a stunning example of what was possible, yet never produced, by Chrysler during 1970. With the values of the 14 Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles built for 1970 orbiting in the stratosphere, this top-of-the-line Gran Coupe convertible marks a compelling buy in today’s market.



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