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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 15th – 19th, 2014 at Russo and Steele’s 14th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
From their late-1969 introduction for 1970, Plymouth’s all new “E-Body” Barracuda and high-performance ‘Cuda models remain unqualified legends from the heady days when muscle cars reigned supreme. Aggressively styled and designed to accommodate the entire Chrysler engine line, the ‘Cuda was finally available to adrenaline-seeking buyers intent on ruling both the street and strip with equal amounts of ease.
With dual quads and a vastly underrated 425-horsepower output, the Hemi ‘Cuda was more than up to the task with skilled drivers regularly clocking 13-second ETs over the quarter-mile during period magazine tests. Slicks, basic tuning, and mild modifications quickly raised straight-line performance to monstrous levels. In professional drag racing circles, the Hemi ‘Cuda dominated Super Stock and the new Pro Stock class from 1970 through 1972 in the hands of legendary racers including Sox & Martin until stiff NHRA-imposed weight penalties eventually nullified the Hemi’s advantage.
Not for the faint of heart, the Hemi ‘Cuda was priced to match as Plymouth’s top high-performance car for 1970 at a premium of $871 over the basic ‘Cuda’s $3,164 starting price. The menacing “Shaker” cold-air hood scoop was standard on the Hemi-equipped cars, while heavy-duty underpinnings including carefully selected rear leaf springs carried no additional cost. Only 652 Hemi ‘Cuda 2-door hardtops were produced for sale in the USA for the 1970-model year and 368 of them were ordered with Chrysler’s tough A-727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission, including the vehicle offered here.
Inspected, decoded, and verified by noted Chrysler expert Galen Govier, this 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda was scheduled for production on or about November 8, 1969, and it is the only one (as at March 8, 2012) of the 482 1970 Hemi ‘Cudas listed in Mr. Govier’s Registry equipped with its specific combination of highly desirable factory options. Among them are the R11 Music Master AM Radio, C16 Console with Woodgrain Panel and D32 Heavy-Duty Automatic Transmission, V6X Black Longitudinal Stripes, A62 Rallye Instruments, EV2 “Tor Red” paint, H6X9 High-Grade Black Vinyl Bucket Seats, and the V1X Black Full Vinyl Top. According to the inspection and detailed analysis of the car conducted by Mr. Govier, the Hemi ‘Cuda retains its factory-original 426 “Hemi” engine mated to a non-original but date-coded (June 23, 1970) A-727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission.
While the near-mythical Hemi ‘Cuda was a very rare beast when new, precious few available today can match this documented, verified, and well-equipped example. A copy of the original Chrysler Corporation Broadcast Sheet and the aforementioned Galen Govier written report accompanies it. As such, its offering represents a truly significant opportunity for knowledgeable collectors to acquire a confirmed, example of one of the ultimate American supercars produced.