NASCAR legend and ESPN racing analyst, Ray Evernham, unveiled a very cool, street-legal 1964 Plymouth Belvedere at the 2012 SEMA Show. The project, called "ForPly," was brought back to life by Sherwin-Williams Automotive and was built on a 1964 Belvedere as a tribute to the year when the car won the Daytona 500 and NASCAR Grand National Championship.
The ForPly features a distinctive Radiant Red automotive matte finish with Graphite racing stripes. For the interior, the tuner opted for a Graphite Grey color combined with carbon fiber inlay and bucket race seats.
The most amazing aspect of the modification was the upgrade for the engine. The ForPly is powered by an updated Dodge R5-P7 race engine with an impressive output of 750 HP. Other special features include NASCAR Sprint Cup shocks, custom 18-inch NASCAR-style wheels, NASCAR-style front splitter and rear spoiler, and an all-digital, backlit dual-display dashboard.
The Plymouth Belvedere ForPly by Sherwin-Williams Automotive will be put on auction at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction in January 2013. All proceeds will go to Evernham Family Racing - a foundation that funds the Autism Society of North Carolina.
RK Motors Charlotte is becoming rather famous for their “Pro Touring” lineup of vehicles. The latest rendition we came across was the 1970 Plymouth Hemi `Cuda, which was featured at SEMA in 2008.
For those that aren’t familiar with RKM’s “Pro Touring” cars, we’ll let you in on the secret. RKM takes a decent looking muscle car – so far we’ve seen a 1967 Sting Ray Corvette and a 1955 Ford Thunderbird – completely guts it, then restores it with mild modernization. So far, RKM has really impressed us with its perfect mixture of classic muscle with modern technology.
Some of the modern touches we have seen included are an LCD touch screen stereo and navigation system on the `55 T-bird, and an LS2 V-8 in the `67 Sting Ray, all while retaining the vehicle’s original character. This specimen appears to be much of the same perfection on the surface, but what does it look like as we pull back the layers?
Click past the jump to find out if the 1970 Plymouth Hemi `Cuda Pro Touring matches the blueprints of the two before it.
The 1967 model year was the debut year for the Plymouth Belvedere GTX, which most enthusiasts simply know as the Plymouth GTX. The GTX was always one of the top performers in the 1960s, but was also a refined muscle car, receiving the nickname “The Gentleman’s Muscle Car” in its early years. Unfortunately, the GTX was a late arrival to the muscle car area and only lasted five model years.
In its debut year, there were 12,115 models built, which makes it a rather rare car in itself. Options were not scarce for the 1967 GTX, as it had two engines available, a 425-horsepower, 426 cubic-inch V-8 Hemi or a 375-horsepower, 440 cubic-inch V-8. It also had two transmission options, a three-speed automatic and a four-speed manual.
In addition to the engine and transmission options, there was also coupe or convertible options available. One would assume that the convertible four-speed manual option with a Hemi would be a popular option combination, due to its raw power and ability to shift with the wind in you hair, but that’s not the case. Only seven of these convertible models with four-speeds and a Hemi engine rolled off of the assembly line in the 1967 model year.
That makes this one of the rarest vehicles on the planet, let alone one of the rarest muscle cars ever built. To boot, it is a natural rarity, as opposed to a planned one, like a special edition. It just so happened that dealers ordered so few of this option combination that the factory only produced a few.
If you want to own one of the most rare mass produced automobiles on the planet, now is your chance, as RK Motors Charlotte has just placed a convertible 1967 GTX with a Hemi and a four-speed up for auction on Ebay.
Now we know that it’s rare, but how has this vehicle held up over the course of the past 45 years?
Click past the jump to read our full review on this rare vehicle.
At one point Jay Leno was a normal gearhead, just like the rest of us. He was working at a car dealership in Massachusetts when he met and befriended a master mechanic and drag racer Paul Annunziata. Jay went on to become a huge TV star and Paul continued on his racing dream.
In the 1970s Annunziata decided he wanted to build a Pro Stock dragster that was also 100 percent street legal. Annunziata succeeded in building his 1,000-horsepower Duster and it went on to win numerous awards.
Sadly, Annunziata was stricken with lung cancer, so he decided it was time to let his Duster go. Instead of selling it to some random collector, Annunziata chose to donate the car to his old-time friend, Jay Leno, under the gentleman’s agreement that Leno would not sell the car.
Jay agreed not to sell the car, but refused to allow Annunziata to just give it to him. In a mutual agreement, Leno paid Annunziata an undisclosed amount for the car and Annunziata did the noble thing and donated the money to a local auto restoration school as a four-year scholarship.
Annunziata passed away in 2011 and Jay decided it was time to feature this beloved Duster on his show Jay Leno’s Garage, which you can see above. You even get to go for a ride in this amazing piece of machinery.
What’s more impressive are the five years that Annunziata spent building this car, so we decided to dig in and really show you what went into building this beast.
Click past the jump to read about the development of this 1,000-horsepower Duster.
The Barracuda is a two-door car that was manufactured by the Plymouth division of Chrysler from 1964-1974. In 1971, the car was already in its third generation and was offered with three different V8 engine options with power going up to 335 HP. During that time, this amount of power was appropriate, but modern times call for the faster and more powerful. So what do you do with a beloved old school design when the output needs a walker to get through the day? You take your vision to Time Machines in Hudson , Florida where they will turn your dream into an insane reality, like transforming the Barracuda into a 450 HP V10 powered maniac.
At first glance, the product of Time Machines’ hard work looks like a standard Plymouth Barracuda, but under the hood is a Dodge Viper ’s V10 engine surrounded by a chassis from a 2001 Dodge Viper. Yes, Time Machines took two very different vehicles and combined them into a melting pot of sheer awesomeness.
Usually when we hear about a car sold for million of dollars we automatically think about a classic Ferrari . But in this case we are talking about a totally different car, a car that during its time it made no impression. But now, after more than 40 years the real value of the car has been finally recognized.
Of course this is not an ordinary Plymouth Hemi Cuda , don’t worry not all of them will be sold for $3,200,000. But this car in particular is very special. It was finished on August 1st, 1969 and was the first E-body produced. It also was the prototype the company used to promote the Cuda on the US market. So, with that amount of money you will buy a piece of history.
Hemi Cuda was built only until 1971 in both coupe and convertible version. The engine is the Hemi Cuda developed a total of 450 HP and nearly 500 lb-ft of torque and was offered with a choice of four-speed manual or three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmissions.
Over the course of the American automotive history, few cars have captured the hearts and minds of American car fanatics as much as the 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. The cars are so rare that only 100 of these models were ever released – seven of them being convertibles – and up to this day, still remains the most expensive muscle car money can buy.
While the car doesn’t distinguish itself much in terms of build quality – it bears a striking resemblance to any mass-produced Plymouth – the Hemi Cuda’s mythical status as one of America’s most sought-after vehicles lies on what’s under its hood.
From 1966 to 1071, Dodge brought in their fabled Hemi engines and put it under the hood of the Barracuda. The result was a car for all ages.
Mopar, Chrysler LLC’s original equipment manufacturer, learned that renowned blues and rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is passionate about two things: cars and guitars. The two-time Grammy® nominee who has sold millions of albums worldwide will show his restored 1970 Plymouth Duster in the Mopar booth (#42427) at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show. The annual showcase of technology, trends and products representing the $36.7 billion automotive parts and accessories industry, the SEMA show will be held Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Tulsa, Oklahoma buried a Plymouth for fifty years. It was a time capsule thing, a way of making the Fifties real in he next century. And the car they selected was an icon: it was the very essence of the fifties. It was a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere. Without even trying, Tulsa actually managed to create the perfect time capsule. The car, as it turns out, was flooded with water and is a basic rust bucket. But in those fifty years, Plymouth has gone from being the third best selling (...) More
Workers unearthing the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere buried under the city’s courthouse lawn were dealt an early setback Wednesday, as several feet of water were found in the concrete vault supposedly strong enough to withstand a nuclear attack.