These Two Pristine Plymouth Cudas Could Be Wroth More Than Some Classic Exotics

Barret Jackson 2022 Las Vegas Auction introduces the two best examples of the iconic Plymouth Cuda, and one of them is extra-special

Classic American muscle cars are still some of the most desirable cars by collectors and enthusiasts. The Plymouth Cuda is among the most iconic representatives of the 1960s and early 1970s American motoring. The third generation came out in 1970 and is one of the last muscle cars to have actual muscle. Now, not one but two of the most pristine examples are up for grabs through Barrett Jackson. Both cars are the 1971 model year and are listed as no reserve, but one of them is extra special.

These Two Pristine Plymouth Cudas Could Be Wroth More Than Some Classic Exotics
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Both the convertible and hardtop Cuda have been finished in the iconic Rally Red exterior color with black side decals. The two vehicles are equipped with a four-speed manual and have undergone a ground-up (rotisserie) restoration.

The first car is an ultra-rare, King Kong Plymouth Hemi Cuda hardtop from 1971. The traditional black side decals are giving a hint at what engine works under the hood, and in this case, it’s a 426 Hemi. The 7.0-liter V-8 is rated at 425 horsepower (317 kilowatts) at 5,000 RPM and 490 pound-feet (664 Nm) at 4,000 RPM. That said, the actual output is said to be at least 470 horsepower at around 6,000 RPM. While we won’t go into that argument, this 1971 Hemi Cuda also features a Dana Super Trak Pack with 4.10 rear gears. The car with VIN number BS23R1B268384 also comes with the original Fender Tag and a build sheet.

These Two Pristine Plymouth Cudas Could Be Wroth More Than Some Classic Exotics
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King Kong Plymouth Hemi Cuda specifications
Engine 7.0-liter V-8
Power 425 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Torque 490 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM
Transmission four-speed manual

The second car, with VIN number BS27N1B411026, has also undergone a rotisseries restoration and features a 383 cubic-inch V-8, which is also indicated on the side decals. The engine is good for 300 gross horsepower (223.5 kilowatts) at 4,800 RPM and 410 pound-feet (556 Nm) at 3,400 RPM. Like the Hemi Cuda, the convertible has a four-speed manual with a pistol-grip shifter. The open-top MOPAR is listed as numbers matching car and comes with a Build Sheet and copies of the original paperwork, when the serviceman ordered it through Zurich, Switzerland.

These Two Pristine Plymouth Cudas Could Be Wroth More Than Some Classic Exotics
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Plymouth Hemi Cuda specifications
Engine 383 cubic-inch V-8
Power 300 HP @ 4,800 RPM
Torque 410 LB-FT @ 3,400 RPM
Transmission four-speed manual

The two highly-collectible MOPARs will be featured at the 2022 Las Vegas Auction along with other desirable American classics. “An absolutely stunning array of HEMIs and it doesn’t get any better than the 1971 HEMI ’Cuda. It was the last year they made these and it’s one of the rarest muscle cars in existence”, Barrett Jackson CEO, Craig Jackson, stated with enthusiasm.

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Barret Jackson offers its entire docket, including the two Cudas, at no reserve. The auction will be held from 30 June to 2 July 2022. Despite Barrett Jackson’s docket being sold out for consignments, you can still register for the bidding. Rare versions of classic American muscle cars have proven to be surprisingly good investments. According to Mecum that a rare car like the Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible can sell anywhere from $5.7 million to $6.5 million, and 10 years ago, a similar car would have been sold for $3.0 million.

Source: Barrett-Jackson

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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